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School Segregation and the Identification of Tipping Behavior

Gregorio Caetano () and Vikram Maheshri
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Gregorio Caetano: University of Rochester

No 2013-252-50, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Houston

Abstract: We introduce an empirical framework that synthesizes the key insights of the Schelling model of segregation. Our framework builds upon an established empirical literature in neighborhood choice and can accommodate complex, realistic features that have been absent from prior analyses of tipping and segregation. We implement our approach to study racial segregation in Los Angeles County public schools from 2002-2006 and find substantial heterogeneity in tipping behavior across schools, with most schools featuring two segregated, stable equilibria and a tipping point ranging from 15-85% minority share. We discuss extensions to our analysis by considering alternative, more general specifications of segregation.

Keywords: Tipping; Segregation; Social Interactions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I J (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-06-01
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