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Race and neighborhoods in the 21st century: What does segregation mean today?

Jorge De la Roca, Ingrid Gould Ellen and Katherine M. O'Regan

Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2014, vol. 47, issue C, 138-151

Abstract: Noting the decline in segregation between blacks and whites over the past several decades, some recent work argues that racial segregation is no longer a concern in the 21st century. In response, this paper revisits some of the concerns that John Quigley raised about racial segregation and neighborhoods to assess their relevance today. We note that while segregation levels between blacks and whites have certainly declined, they remain quite high; Hispanic and Asian segregation have meanwhile remained unchanged. Further, our analysis shows that the neighborhood environments of minorities continue to be highly unequal to those enjoyed by whites. Blacks and Hispanics continue to live among more disadvantaged neighbors, to have access to lower performing schools, and to be exposed to more violent crime. Further, these differences are amplified in more segregated metropolitan areas.

Keywords: Racial segregation; Neighborhoods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H44 J15 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2013.09.006

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