Does School Integration Generate Peer Effects? Evidence from Boston's Metco Program

  title={Does School Integration Generate Peer Effects? Evidence from Boston's Metco Program},
  author={Joshua David Angrist and Kevin Lang},
  journal={IZA Institute of Labor Economics Discussion Paper Series},
  • J. Angrist, Kevin Lang
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Economics
  • IZA Institute of Labor Economics Discussion Paper Series
Most integration programs transfer students between schools within districts. In this paper, we study Metco, a long-running desegregation program that sends mostly Black students out of the Boston public school district to attend schools in more affluent suburban districts. Metco increases the number of Black students in receiving districts dramatically. Because Metco students have substantially lower test scores than local students, this inflow generates a significant decline in scores, with… Expand
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