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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 3 (May 2013)

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Long-Term Neighborhood Effects on Low-Income Families: Evidence from Moving to Opportunity

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Ludwig, Jens, Greg J. Duncan, Lisa A. Gennetian, Lawrence F. Katz, Ronald C. Kessler, Jeffrey R. Kling, and Lisa Sanbonmatsu. 2013. "Long-Term Neighborhood Effects on Low-Income Families: Evidence from Moving to Opportunity." American Economic Review, 103(3): 226-31.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.226

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We examine long-term neighborhood effects on low-income families using data from the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) randomized housing-mobility experiment. This experiment offered to some public-housing families but not to others the chance to move to less-disadvantaged neighborhoods. We show that ten to 15 years after baseline, MTO: (i) improves adult physical and mental health; (ii) has no detectable effect on economic outcomes or youth schooling or physical health; and (iii) has mixed results by gender on other youth outcomes, with girls doing better on some measures and boys doing worse. Despite the somewhat mixed pattern of impacts on traditional behavioral outcomes, MTO moves substantially improve adult subjective well-being.

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Ludwig, Jens (U Chicago)
Duncan, Greg J. (U CA, Irvine)
Gennetian, Lisa A. (The Brookings Institution)
Katz, Lawrence F. (Harvard U)
Kessler, Ronald C. (Harvard Medical School)
Kling, Jeffrey R. (Congressional Budget Office)
Sanbonmatsu, Lisa (National Bureau of Economic Research)

JEL Classifications

I31: General Welfare
I38: Welfare and Poverty: Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
R23: Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics: Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population; Neighborhood Characteristics


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