Urban school desegregation and declines in white enrollment: A reexamination

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper presents a reexamination of James Coleman et al.'s study of white enrollment losses from desegregating urban school districts over the period 1968-1973. New equations are estimated using a different measure of desegregation, additional explanatory variables, and modified samples. The earlier conclusion that desegregation has been a significant stimulant of white enrollment losses in the largest central city districts is supported, although this overall effect comes almost entirely from districts in which black-white contact exceeds a threshold level. In addition, the age structure of the district's white population and the geographical coverage of the district are significant in explaining white losses for some samples. © 1979.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clotfelter, CT

Published Date

  • January 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 352 - 370

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-1190

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0094-1190(79)90036-6

Citation Source

  • Scopus