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Education and Economic Well-Being in Racially Diverse Rural Counties: The Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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  • Mykerezi, Elton

    (VA Polytechnic Institute & State U)

  • Mills, Bradford F.

    (VA Polytechnic Institute & State U)

Abstract

The role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in increasing the education and economic well-being of rural Blacks is not, perhaps, as clear today as in the past given the abolition of formal segregation in public education. This paper presents evidence that HBCUs still play a major role in improving the economic well being of rural counties with high concentrations of Blacks. Further, the impact of HBCUs in promoting college education among Blacks is above and beyond that of other colleges and universities. Increased rates of college education generate, in turn, higher income growth.

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  • Mykerezi, Elton & Mills, Bradford F., 2004. "Education and Economic Well-Being in Racially Diverse Rural Counties: The Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 34(3), pages 303-319.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:34:y:2004:i:3:p:303-19
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    1. Mikael Lindahl & Alan B. Krueger, 2001. "Education for Growth: Why and for Whom?," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 39(4), pages 1101-1136, December.
    2. George A. Akerlof & Rachel E. Kranton, 2002. "Identity and Schooling: Some Lessons for the Economics of Education," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 40(4), pages 1167-1201, December.
    3. Mykerezi, Elton & Mills, Bradford & Gomes, Sonya, 2003. "Education and Socioeconomic Weil-Being in Racially Diverse Rural Counties," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 35(02), pages 251-262, August.
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    1. Gyawali, Buddhi & Fraser, Rory & Bukenya, James & Schelhas, John, 2008. "Income Convergence in a Rural, Majority African-American Region," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 38(1), pages 45-65.
    2. Gregory Price & William Spriggs & Omari Swinton, 2011. "The Relative Returns to Graduating from a Historically Black College/University: Propensity Score Matching Estimates from the National Survey of Black Americans," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 38(2), pages 103-130, June.

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    Keywords

    Education; Well Being;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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