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Race, Property, and Segregation in Historical Perspective


  • Robert A. Margo

    () (Department of Economics, Boston University.)

  • William J. Collins

    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University and NBER)


We present estimates of home ownership for African American and white households from 1870 to 2007. These estimates, which pertain to a core sample of households headed by adult men, update and extend an earlier paper’s analysis (William J. Collins and Robert A. Margo 2001) with figures for the pre-1900 and post- 1990 periods, and for 1950. Long-run patterns of racial differences and trends in home ownership provide a window on wealth accumulation and standards of living; the nature and impli...

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  • Robert A. Margo & William J. Collins, 2010. "Race, Property, and Segregation in Historical Perspective," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series WP2010-028, Boston University - Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:bos:wpaper:wp2010-028

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