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ERIC Number: EJ929939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Who We'll Live with: Neighborhood Racial Composition Preferences of Whites, Blacks and Latinos
Lewis, Valerie A.; Emerson, Michael O.; Klineberg, Stephen L.
Social Forces, v89 n4 p1385-1407 Jun 2011
The debate about racial residential preferences has two open questions. First, are neighborhood racial preferences truly racial, or is race a proxy for socioeconomic factors? Second, are in-group or out-group preferences more salient? Using the Houston Area Survey, we employ a factorial experiment to assess the effect of racial composition on neighborhood desirability independent of crime, school quality, and property values. We survey whites, blacks, and Hispanics to examine in-group versus out-group preferences. Results show that independent of proxies, whites find neighborhoods less attractive as the proportion black or Hispanic increases; the proportion Asian has no impact. Racial composition has little effect on Hispanics' and blacks' neighborhood preferences. We find no evidence of in-group preferences; rather, results suggest that whites express negative out-group preferences toward black and Hispanic neighborhoods. (Contains 12 notes, 5 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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