How I met your mother: The effect of school desegregation on birth outcomes

Menghan Shen

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This paper assesses the effects of court-ordered school desegregation on biracial births, a measure of racial integration. Using birth certificate data, I present a multiple difference-in-differences approach that exploits variation in the timing of school desegregation in different counties. Among black mothers in non-Southern counties, I find that school desegregation increases biracial births. The results are robust to county fixed effects, cohort fixed effects, and county-specific cohort trends. This paper contributes to the literature on the determinants of interracial relationships and the importance of school desegregation on demographic outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-50
Number of pages20
JournalEconomics of Education Review
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1


  • Biracial birth
  • School desegregation
  • Social integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Economics and Econometrics


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