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Title: The desegregating effect of school tracking
Authors: De Fraja, Gianni
Martínez-Mora, Francisco
First Published: 23-Jan-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Urban Economics, 2014, 80, pp. 164–177
Abstract: This paper makes the following point: “detracking” schools, that is preventing them from allocating students to classes according to their ability, may lead to an increase in income residential segregation. It does so in a simple model where households care about the school peer group of their children. If ability and income are positively correlated, tracking implies that some high income households face the choice of either living in the areas where most of the other high income households live and having their child assigned to the low track, or instead living in lower income neighbourhoods where their child would be in the high track. Under mild conditions, tracking leads to an equilibrium with partial income desegregation where perfect income segregation would be the only stable outcome without tracking.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.jue.2014.01.001
ISSN: 0094-1190
Links: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094119014000059
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/28707
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Urban Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Urban Economics, 2014, 80, pp. 164–177, DOI# 10.1016/j.jue.2014.01.001.
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