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Understanding Racial Segregation: What is known about the Effect of Housing Discrimination

Stephen Ross

No 2008-15, Working papers from University of Connecticut, Department of Economics

Abstract: A central purpose of this chapter is to assess whether the available empirical evidence supports the view that current levels of housing discrimination are a significant contributor to residential segregation in U.S. cities and metropolitan areas. Through the course of this chapter, the reader will find that the empirical patterns of racial segregation in the U.S. are often inconsistent the available evidence on housing discrimination. Admittedly, strong evidence exists that both housing discrimination exists today and that housing discrimination throughout much of the Twentieth Century was central to creating the high levels of segregation that we observe in U.S. metropolitan areas today, but the appropriate policy responses may differ dramatically depending upon how these two phenomena are currently interrelated.

Keywords: Housing Discrimination; Residential Segregation; Neighborhood Quality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J7 L85 R21 R30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2008-04, Revised 2008-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-lab, nep-ltv and nep-ure
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