Does school desegregation promote diverse interactions? An equilibrium model of segregation within schools

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Authors Angelo Mele
Journal/Conference Name American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
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Paper Abstract This paper studies racial segregation in schools using data on student friendships from Add Health. I estimate an equilibrium model of friendship formation, with preferences allowing both homophily and heterophily in direct and indirect ties. I find that homophily goes beyond direct links: students also prefer racially homogeneous indirect friends, while there is heterophily in income. I simulate policies reallocating students across schools. Race-based policies have nonlinear effects on within-school segregation and other network features such as clustering and centrality. Policies increasing diversity through reallocations based on income have less impact on racial segregation.
Date of publication 2019
Code Programming Language R
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