Willen, Alexander: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

College of Human Ecology
Department of Policy Analysis and Management
Project Title: 
The Consequences of Residential Segregation: Evidence From Sweden
Project Abstract: 
This paper provides the most comprehensive analysis to-date on how residential segregation impacts education and labor market outcomes. My identification strategy builds on the one-sided tipping point model, which asserts that native population growth in a neighborhood drops discontinuously once the immigrant share in that neighborhood exceeds a certain tipping point. After having identified tipping points in Sweden between 1990 and 2000, I exploit these discontinuities to estimate the effect of segregation through a regression discontinuity design. My estimates point to segregation worsening the future education and labor market outcomes of children and teenagers, but that older individuals are unaffected by this phenomenon.