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When Are Ghettos Bad? Lessons from Immigrant Segregation in the United States. Edward Glaeser, David Cutler, May 2007, Paper. "Recent literature on the relationship between ethnic or racial segregation and outcomes has failed to produce a consensus view of the role of ghettos; some studies suggest that residence in an enclave is beneficial, some reach the opposite conclusion, and still others imply that any relationship is small. This paper presents new evidence on this relationship using data on first-generation immigrants in the United States. Using average group characteristics as instruments for segregation, controlling..." Link