Author: Owens, Ann

Title: Inequality in Children’s Contexts: Trends and Correlates of Economic Segregation Between School Districts, 1990-2010

University Affiliation: University of Southern California


Research Question: How segregated are schools in the 100 largest metropolitan areas by income from the 1990s to the late 2000s? What are possible causes for segregation between the school districts?

Published: No

Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation: N/A

Journal Entry: n/a

Year: 2014


  1. District fragmentation is positively associated with economic segregation for both households without children and public school families.
  2. The amount of students enrolled in private schools negatively and significantly predicts between-district economic segregation only for public school families.
  3. Growing income inequality leads to growing inequality in contexts and institutions that shape economic opportunity.
  4. Neighborhood income positively predicts economic segregation for public school families, in that the public school are segregated from all others.
  5. Economic segregation of childless households between districts is lowered in the metro areas when there is a growing proportion of poor residents living in the suburbs.

Scholarship Type Unpublished Research

Keywords: Neighborhood, Residential Segregation, SES, SES Composition, Segregation

Regions National

Methodologies: Quantitative

Research Designs: Mathematical models

Method of Analysis: Fixed Effects Regression Models, Multilevel Models, Multivariate Analysis

Sampling Frame: National

Sample Types: Population

Unit of Analysis: School District

Data Types: Quantitative-Longitudinal

Data Description: 1990 and 2000 Census and 2006-10 ACS (includes counts of households or families by income in each census tract).


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