School ‘streaming’ and socio-economic segregation of children

Posted by er134 at Mar 20, 2014 05:18 PM |
Research by the Department of Economics at Universities of Leicester and Nottingham
  School ‘streaming’ and socio-economic segregation of children

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  • Economists have come up with the counter-intuitive theory that selective streaming of schools could help to reduce the levels of socioeconomic segregation of children.
  • They found that placing pupils in sets based on academic ability could lead to lower levels of socioeconomic segregation across residential areas and their schools.
  • If parents make residential choices to ensure their children are assigned to the high ability set in the local school it is possible that streaming encourages desegregation and not the other way around.
  • “Being assigned to the top ability group is easier in schools with a smaller proportion of pupils from better-off households due to the observed positive correlation between ability and socioeconomic background,” says Dr Mora, University of Leicester
  • The research has been published in the Journal of Urban Economics.

The study was co-authored by Professor Gianni De Fraja, from The University of Nottingham and Dr Francisco Martinez Mora, a Lecturer in the Economics Department of the University of Leicester.

You can read more about this study on the University of Leicester Department of Economics website here.

Contact Dr Francisco Martinez Mora in the Department of Economics for more information at

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