Racial and socioeconomic inequality in educational opportunity and access

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This dissertation investigates inequality in the educational system and comprises three distinct but interrelated studies that focus on inequality and stratification in education. The first paper is a comprehensive assessment of the sources of the Black gender gap in educational attainment using a decomposition approach. The second paper explores misperceptions of economic school segregation and parents' personal and policy preferences using a survey experiment. The third paper investigates the causal impact of district secessions on racial and economic achievement gaps using a difference-in-differences approach. Taken together, these studies can inform understandings of the sources of inequality in educational opportunities and outcomes, and illustrate how structural inequality, parental preferences, and policy changes are related to educational disparities.


Type of resource text
Form electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
Extent 1 online resource.
Place California
Place [Stanford, California]
Publisher [Stanford University]
Copyright date 2021; ©2021
Publication date 2021; 2021
Issuance monographic
Language English


Author Thompson, Marissa Elena
Degree supervisor Stevens, Mitchell L
Degree supervisor Reardon, Sean F
Thesis advisor Stevens, Mitchell L
Thesis advisor Reardon, Sean F
Thesis advisor Grusky, David B
Thesis advisor Pearman, Francis A
Degree committee member Grusky, David B
Degree committee member Pearman, Francis A
Associated with Stanford University, Graduate School of Education


Genre Theses
Genre Text

Bibliographic information

Statement of responsibility Marissa Elena Thompson.
Note Submitted to the Graduate School of Education.
Thesis Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2021.
Location https://purl.stanford.edu/df369jx6607

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© 2021 by Marissa Elena Thompson
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).

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