The Continuing Increase in Income Segregation

Income segregation rose modestly from 2007 to 2012, continuing the trend of rising income segregation that began in the 1980s, according to a new report from CPI research leader Sean Reardon and CPI New Scholar winner Kendra Bischoff. The growth in income segregation varies among metropolitan areas, and segregation increased rapidly in places that experienced large increases in income inequality. The authors previously documented the increase in income segregation from 1970 to 2007, showing that income segregation grew sharply in the 1980s, changed little in the 1990s, and then grew again in the early 2000s. Reardon is Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Stanford University and Bischoff is an assistant professor at Cornell University.

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March, 2016