A silver lining to white flight? White suburbanization and African-American homeownership, 1940-1980

Leah P. Boustan, Robert A. Margo

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Urban Economics
Volume78
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Urban Studies

Keywords

  • African-American
  • Filtering
  • Homeownership
  • Suburbanization

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