Was Postwar Suburbanization "White Flight"? Evidence from the Black Migration

  title={Was Postwar Suburbanization "White Flight"? Evidence from the Black Migration},
  author={L. Boustan},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  • L. Boustan
  • Published 2007
  • Economics, Geography
  • NBER Working Paper Series
  • Residential segregation by jurisdiction generates disparities in public services and education. The distinctive American pattern - in which blacks live in cities and whites in suburbs - was enhanced by a large black migration from the rural South. I show that whites responded to this black influx by leaving cities and rule out an indirect effect on housing prices as a sole cause. I instrument for changes in black population by using local economic conditions to predict black migration from… CONTINUE READING
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