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Seminar: Selcan Mutgan

Time Friday 12 November, 2021 at 13:15 - 14:30
Place Zoom

Welcome to a seminar with Selcan Mutgan, PhD student at the Department of Management and Engineering and The Institute for Analytical Sociology at Linköping University, who will present a paper titled:

Dynamics of School Segregation: How Opportunities Constrain Preferences

The paper is a part of Selcans dissertation, and if anyone is interested she is happy to send the dissertation for those who would like to read the paper as well:

Previous research has shown that parents have strong ethnocentric school preferences, and it has been suggested that such preferences are important for the ethnic segregation of schools. Using a combination of statistical analyses of school choices among all compulsory school students in the Stockholm region during the years 2008 to 2017, and large-scale empirically calibrated simulations, we examine in detail how preferences and opportunities jointly affect the school segregation process. Our main finding is that opportunities typically trump preferences. Although parents have ethnocentric preferences, and although these preferences vary between different ethnic groups, they have little impact on the ethnic segregation of schools because the choice situation that parents are faced with is a Hobson’s choice, i.e., a choice between alternatives that are practically indistinguishable from one another.

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