Accounting for Racial Differences in School Attendance in the American South, 1900: The Role of Separate-But-Equal
NBER Working Paper No. 2242
Everyone knows that public school officials in the American South violated the Supreme Court's separate-but-equal decision. But did the violations matter? Yes, enforcement of separate-but-equal would have narrowed racial differences in school attendance in the early twentieth century South. But separate-but-equal was not enough. Black children still would have attended school less often than white children because black parents were poorer and less literate than white parents.
Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2242
Published: Review of Economics and Statistics, vol.69, no.4, pp661-666, November 1987 citation courtesy of