The Education Exchange: Busing Boosts Integration But Not Learning or College-Going, a New Study of Boston and New York Finds

Still worth the trip? An MIT economist gives his answer

Joseph Rakes assaults lawyer and civil-rights activist Ted Landsmark with a flagpole bearing the American flag in Boston, April 5, 1976. Landsmark would later write an editorial entitled, “It’s Time to End Busing in Boston.”

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A Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Parag A. Pathak, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Pathak’s recent working paper, which investigates the effects of busing on integration, achievement, and college enrollment.

Still Worth the Trip? School Busing Effects in Boston and New York,” co-written with Joshua Angrist, Guthrie Gray-Lobe, and Clemence M. Idoux, is available now.

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