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Race and School Quality Since Brown vs. Board of Education

Michael A. Boozer, Alan B. Krueger, Shari Wolkon

NBER Working Paper No. 4109
Issued in June 1992
NBER Program(s):   LS

This paper presents evidence on the quality of schooling by race and ethnic origin in the United States. Although substantial racial segregation across schools exists, the average pupil-teacher ratio is approximately the same for black and white students. Hispanic students, however, on average have 10 percent more students per teacher. Relative to whites, blacks and Hispanics are less likely to use computers at school and at work. The implications of these differences in school quality for labor market outcomes are examined. We conclude by examining reasons for the increase in the black-white earnings gap since the mid-1970s.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4109

Published: Brookings Paper on Economic Activity: Microeconomics, 1992, pp. 269-326

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