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White Suburbanization and African-American Home Ownership, 1940-1980

Leah Platt Boustan, Robert A. Margo

NBER Working Paper No. 16702
Issued in January 2011
NBER Program(s):   DAE

Between 1940 and 1980, the homeownership rate among metropolitan African-American households increased by 27 percentage points. Nearly three-quarters of this increase occurred in central cities. We show that rising black homeownership in central cities was facilitated by the movement of white households to the suburban ring, which reduced the price of urban housing units conducive to owner-occupancy. Our OLS and IV estimates imply that 26 percent of the national increase in black homeownership over the period is explained by white suburbanization.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w16702

Published: "A Silver Lining to White Flight? White Suburbanization and African-American Homeownership, 1940-1980," with Robert A. Margo. Journal of Urban Economics, 2013.

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