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MEASURING SEGREGATION

David Frankel () and Oscar Volij ()
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David Frankel: Iowa State University

No 703, Working Papers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Economics

Abstract: We propose a set of axioms for the measurement of school-based segregation with any number of ethnic groups. These axioms are motivated by two criteria. The first is evenness: how much do ethnic groups’ distributions across schools differ? The second is representativeness: how different are schools’ ethnic distributions from one another? We prove that a unique ordering satisfies our axioms. It is represented by an index that was originally proposed by Henri Theil (1971). This “Mutual Information Index” is related to Theil’s better known Entropy Index, which violates two of our axioms.

Keywords: Segregation; indices; measurement; peer effects; schools; education; equal opportunity. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C43 C81 D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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