Childhood Educational Disruption and Later Life Outcomes: Evidence from Prince Edward County

42 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2008

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Paul S. Heaton

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Date Written: January 2008

Abstract

Beginning in 1959 the public schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia were closed for five years in opposition to court-ordered integration. The author combines data from numerous administrative sources to examine the effects of the school closings on the educational attainment and economic outcomes of affected Black children. Although exposed students obtained an average of one fewer year of schooling than peers in surrounding counties, they do not exhibit substantially worse material, health, and incarceration outcomes. These findings may result from 1) the provision of substitute educational opportunities for many students and 2) flat returns at levels of educational attainment typical for southern Virginia Blacks during this period.

Keywords: education, discrimination, Virginia

JEL Classification: J15, I20

Suggested Citation

Heaton, Paul S., Childhood Educational Disruption and Later Life Outcomes: Evidence from Prince Edward County (January 2008). RAND Working Paper Series No. WR-552, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1091305 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1091305

Paul S. Heaton (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School ( email )

3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.law.upenn.edu/cf/faculty/pheaton/

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