Department of Sociology
University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190
Institutional Affiliation: University of Wisconsin Whitewater
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|April 2020||Income Segregation: Up or Down, and for Whom?|
with , , : w27045
Reports of rising income segregation have been brought into question by the observation that post-2000 estimates are upwardly biased due to a reduction in the sample sizes on which they are based. Recent studies have offered estimates of this “sample-count” bias using public data. We show here that there are two substantial sources of systematic bias in estimating segregation levels: bias associated with sample size and bias associated with using weighted sample data. We rely on new correction methods using the original census sample data for individual households to provide more accurate estimates. Family income segregation rose markedly in the 1980s but only selectively after 1990. For some categories of families, segregation declined after 1990. There has been an upward trend for famili...