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To Ghetto or Not to Ghetto: Ethnicity and Residential Segregation

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  • George J. Borjas

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This paper analyzes the link between ethnicity and the choice of residing in ethnically segregated neighborhoods. Data drawn from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth show that there exist strong human capital externalities both within and across ethnic groups. As a result, the segregation choices made by particular households depend both on the household's economic opportunities and on aggregate characteristics of the ethnic groups. The evidence suggests that highly skilled persons who belong to disadvantaged groups have lower probabilities of ethnic residential segregation relative to the choices made by the most skilled persons in the most skilled groups.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 6176.

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Date of creation: Sep 1997
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Publication status: published as Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 44, no. 2 (September 1998): 228-253
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6176

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