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Race and School Quality Since Brown vs. Board of Education

Michael A. Boozer, Alan Krueger and Shari Wolkon

No 4109, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper presents evidence on the quality of schooling by race and ethnic origin in the United States. Although substantial racial segregation across schools exists, the average pupil-teacher ratio is approximately the same for black and white students. Hispanic students, however, on average have 10 percent more students per teacher. Relative to whites, blacks and Hispanics are less likely to use computers at school and at work. The implications of these differences in school quality for labor market outcomes are examined. We conclude by examining reasons for the increase in the black-white earnings gap since the mid-1970s.

Date: 1992-06
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Published as Brookings Paper on Economic Activity: Microeconomics, 1992, pp. 269-326

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