Economic segregation leads to more inequality

Robert Putnam ’s latest book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” should put to rest the assumption that race and bad schools are the predominant factors to blame for rising inequality.

Putnam hypothesizes that class-based residential segregation was facilitated not only by the roadway infrastructure that allowed higher earners to flee the city for quieter, higher-income suburbs but also by changes in federal housing legislation that helped affluent minority families move there, too.

The result: More families live in uniformly poor or affluent neighborhoods, which has led to a decrease in race-based segregation and an increase in class-based segregation. “Even […]