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Universal Vouchers and Racial Segregation

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  • Eric Brunner

    (Quinnipiac University)

  • Jennifer Imazeki

    (San Diego State University)

  • Stephen L. Ross

    (University of Connecticut)

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Opponents of school vouchers often argue that school vouchers will lead to .white flight. from public schools that are disproportionately non-white, creating more racially segregated schools. In this paper, we present new evidence on whether universal vouchers will lead to a systematic departure of whites from predominantly minority schools increasing racial segregation in those schools. Specifically, we use data on vote outcomes from a state-wide universal voucher initiative to estimate the likelihood that white households with children currently in public schools will use vouchers to switch out of more-integrated schools. Our results indicate that white households with children attending schools with large concentrations of non-white schoolchildren are significantly more likely to support school vouchers, an effect that is absent for non-white households with children and households without children. Finally, follow-up analyses suggest that this result is driven less by race, per se, but more by other student characteristics that are correlated with race.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2006-01.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2006
Date of revision: Aug 2008
Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2006-01

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  1. Robert Bifulco & Helen F. Ladd & Stephen Ross, 2007. "Public School Choice and Integration: Evidence from Durham, North Carolina," Working papers 2007-41, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised Jun 2008.

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