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How I met your mother: The effect of school desegregation on birth outcomes

Menghan Shen

Economics of Education Review, 2018, vol. 63, issue C, 31-50

Abstract: This paper assesses the effects of court-ordered school desegregation on biracial births, a measure of racial integration. Using birth certificate data, I present a multiple difference-in-differences approach that exploits variation in the timing of school desegregation in different counties. Among black mothers in non-Southern counties, I find that school desegregation increases biracial births. The results are robust to county fixed effects, cohort fixed effects, and county-specific cohort trends. This paper contributes to the literature on the determinants of interracial relationships and the importance of school desegregation on demographic outcomes.

Keywords: School desegregation; Social integration; Biracial birth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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