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Segregated Schools and the Mobility Hypothesis: A Model of Local Government Discrimination

  • Robert A. Margo

Around the turn of the century, Southern blacks lost the right to vote and discrimination against them by local government officials intensified. This paper argues that, in the case of the de jure segregated public schools attended by black children, the ability of Southern blacks to ''vote with their feet" placed limits on local government discrimination.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Historical Working Papers with number 0017.

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Date of creation: Oct 1990
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Publication status: published as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 106, No.1, pp.61-73, February 1991.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberhi:0017
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  1. Fishback, Price V, 1989. "Can Competition among Employers Reduce Governmental Discrimination? Coal Companies and Segregated Schools in West Virginia in the Early 1900s," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 32(2), pages 311-28, October.
  2. Charles M. Tiebout, 1956. "A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 64, pages 416.
  3. Orazem, Peter F, 1987. "Black-White Differences in Schooling Investment and Human Capital Production in Segregated Schools," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 77(4), pages 714-23, September.
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