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How I met your mother: The effect of school desegregation on birth outcomes

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This paper assesses the effects of court-ordered school desegregation on biracial births, a measure of racial integration. Using birth certificate data, I present a multiple difference-in-differences approach that exploits variation in the timing of school desegregation in different counties. Among black mothers in non-Southern counties, I find that school desegregation increases biracial births. The results are robust to county fixed effects, cohort fixed effects, and county-specific cohort trends. This paper contributes to the literature on the determinants of interracial relationships and the importance of school desegregation on demographic outcomes.

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  • Shen, Menghan, 2018. "How I met your mother: The effect of school desegregation on birth outcomes," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 31-50.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:63:y:2018:i:c:p:31-50
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2018.01.001
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