Mar 13, 1pm – St. Kate’s Students & Faculty – Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? – Economic Impact of Racial Covenants
The Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? economics team is researching the impact of racial covenants and other types of housing discrimination on demographic and economic outcomes including upward mobility. This work is in collaboration with the Mapping Prejudice Project which seeks to map racial covenants in the Twin Cities. Our preliminary research shows that Black residents from St. Paul were segregated into fewer, more racially segregated neighborhoods from 1910 to 1940. We used various analyses including data from the Opportunity Atlas, to investigate how racial covenants affected economic outcomes of children born 1978-1983 in Hennepin County. We find that neighborhoods with more racial covenants have higher rates of upward mobility for white children than for Black children. We hope our research will add to the continuing conversations of equity in housing in our community. The presentation concludes with a Q&A.