What drives racial segregation? New evidence using Census microdata


Journal Article

Using restricted Census microdata that link households to the Census block in which they live, this paper re-examines the question of whether racial differences in sociodemographic characteristics can explain observed levels of racial segregation. We develop a simple measurement framework designed to make use of the rich joint distribution of individual and neighborhood characteristics that these data provide, analyzing segregation patterns in the San Francisco Bay Area. The results indicate that racial differences in the collective set of characteristics we consider do have the potential to explain a considerable amount of the observed segregation, although more so for Asians and especially Hispanics than whites and blacks. Different sociodemographic factors emerge as potentially important for each race. © 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bayer, P; McMillan, R; Rueben, KS

Published Date

  • November 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 56 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 514 - 535

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-1190

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jue.2004.06.002

Citation Source

  • Scopus