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Explaining Ethnic, Racial, and Immigrant Differences in Private School Attendance

  • Betts, Julian
  • Fairlie, Robert

Using 1990 Census microdata, we explore ethnic, racial and immigrant differences in private school attendance. We find high rates of private school attendance among white natives, white immigrants, and Asian natives. In contrast, we find low private school rates among black and Hispanic natives and immigrants, Asian immigrants, and other natives. Variations in income per capita and especially parental education account for over 70% of the gap in private school attendance rates between white natives and all other groups. We discuss ramifications for racial, language, and socioeconomic segregation in America's schools, and possible effects of school vouchers on segregation.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, UC San Diego in its series University of California at San Diego, Economics Working Paper Series with number qt9n44g161.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 2000
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:ucsdec:qt9n44g161
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