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Moving toward Integration

Moving toward Integration

The Past and Future of Fair Housing

Richard H. Sander, Yana A. Kucheva, Jonathan M. Zasloff

ISBN 9780674976535

Publication date: 05/07/2018

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Reducing residential segregation is the best way to reduce racial inequality in the United States. African American employment rates, earnings, test scores, even longevity all improve sharply as residential integration increases. Yet far too many participants in our policy and political conversations have come to believe that the battle to integrate America’s cities cannot be won. Richard Sander, Yana Kucheva, and Jonathan Zasloff write that the pessimism surrounding desegregation in housing arises from an inadequate understanding of how segregation has evolved and how policy interventions have already set many metropolitan areas on the path to integration.

Scholars have debated for decades whether America’s fair housing laws are effective. Moving toward Integration provides the most definitive account to date of how those laws were shaped and implemented and why they had a much larger impact in some parts of the country than others. It uses fresh evidence and better analytic tools to show when factors like exclusionary zoning and income differences between blacks and whites pose substantial obstacles to broad integration, and when they do not.

Through its interdisciplinary approach and use of rich new data sources, Moving toward Integration offers the first comprehensive analysis of American housing segregation. It explains why racial segregation has been resilient even in an increasingly diverse and tolerant society, and it demonstrates how public policy can align with demographic trends to achieve broad housing integration within a generation.


  • By identifying segregation in housing as the central problem holding back the progress of African Americans, the authors diverge from liberal and conservative orthodoxy. This landmark model of scholarship provides powerful lessons for politicians and policy makers who want to create an America that works for everyone.

    —Fareed Zakaria


  • Richard H. Sander is an economist and Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law.
  • Yana A. Kucheva is a sociologist and Assistant Professor at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.
  • Jonathan M. Zasloff is a historian and Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law.

Book Details

  • 608 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press