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Public Housing, Concentrated Poverty, and Crime

Daniel Hartley ()

Economic Commentary, 2014, issue Oct

Abstract: A number of studies have explored the relationship between public housing policy, poverty, and crime. This Commentary discusses the results of a recent study, which investigated the effects of closing large public housing developments on crime. To see if the demolitions?and the associated deconcentration of poverty?reduced crime or merely displaced it, researchers examined the case of Chicago. They found that closing large public housing developments and dispersing former residents throughout a wider portion of the city was associated with net reductions in violent crime, at the city level.

Date: 2014
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