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Document Number: 10208

Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools - This paper explores potential explanations for school inequality, including large gaps in housing costs, which are correlated with exclusionary zoning laws. The paper demonstrates that limiting the development of inexpensive housing in affluent neighborhoods fuels economic and racial segregation and contributes to significant differences in school performance across the metropolitan landscape. The author argues that in order to promote individual social mobility and broader economic security, public policies should address housing market regulations that prohibit all but the very affluent from enrolling their children in high-scoring public schools. (Brookings Institution, April 2012)...

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