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Neighborhood Poverty and Quality in the Moving to Opportunity Experiment

Dionissi Aliprantis and Daniel Kolliner ()
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Daniel Kolliner: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Economic Commentary, 2015, issue April

Abstract: Researchers suspect that some of the disparities that exist in such outcomes as health, employment, and education might be attributable to inequality of opportunity as determined by neighborhood environments. We study census data to identify neighborhood characteristics in addition to poverty that might help to explain these disparities. We focus on the Moving to Opportunity housing-relocation experiment and show that because program participants typically moved from one predominately black neighborhood to another, their new low-poverty neighborhoods may have provided little to no change in neighborhood quality. These circumstances are helpful in understanding how results from the Moving to Opportunity program should inform views of neighborhood effects.

Date: 2015
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