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Racial segregation patterns in selective universities

Arcidiacono, Peter and Aucejo, Esteban M. and Hussey, Andrew and Spenner, Kenneth (2013) Racial segregation patterns in selective universities. CEP Discussion Papers, CEPDP1219. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper examines sorting into interracial friendships at selective universities. We show significant friendship segregation, particularly for blacks. Indeed, black friendships are no more diverse in college than in high school despite the colleges blacks attend having substantially smaller black populations. We show that part of the reason for the segregation patterns is large differences in academic background coupled with students being more likely to form friendships with those of similar academic backgrounds. Within a school, stronger academic backgrounds make interracial friendships with blacks less likely and friendships with Asians more likely. These results suggest that affirmative action admission policies at selective universities which drive a wedge between the academic characteristics of different racial groups may result in increased within school segregation.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I20 - General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J15 - Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Series: Working Papers > CEP Discussion Papers
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2013 11:06
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2014 10:02
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51561

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