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Racial Income Disparities and the Measurement of Segregation

  • Rajiv Sethi

    (Barnard College, Columbia University)

  • Rohini Somanathan

    (University of Michigan)

Racial segregation in residential patterns remains pervasive in the United States. This persistence is usually attributed to some combination of neighborhood preferences over racial composition, discrimination in real estate and credit markets, and the effects of racial disparities in income. We propose a method for the decomposition of segregation measures into two components. One of these can be interpreted as the component of segregation that can be attributed to the effect of racial income disparities alone, while the other captures the combined effect of neighborhood preferences and discrimination. Applying the method to thirty major metropolitan areas, we find that the role played by racial income disparities in accounting for segregation is generally modest but varies significantly across cities.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Urban/Regional with number 0107001.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 07 Jul 2001
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpur:0107001
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