The desegregating effect of school tracking

Fraja, Gianni De and Martínez-Mora, Francisco (2014) The desegregating effect of school tracking. Journal of Urban Economics, 80 . pp. 164-177. ISSN 0094-1190

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This paper makes the following point: “detracking” schools, that is preventing them from allocating students to classes according to their ability, may lead to an increase in income residential segregation. It does so in a simple model where households care about the school peer group of their children. If ability and income are positively correlated, tracking implies that some high income households face the choice of either living in the areas where most of the other high income households live and having their child assigned to the low track, or instead living in lower income neighbourhoods where their child would be in the high track. Under mild conditions, tracking leads to an equilibrium with partial income desegregation where perfect income segregation would be the only stable outcome without tracking.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Tracking, School Selection, Income Segregation, School Choice, Tiebout
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Depositing User: Kesaite, Viktorija
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2015 12:22
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 03:58

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