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Moving to Opportunity in Boston: Early results of a randomized mobility experiment

Date Added to Library: 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 16:41
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
10.1162/00335530151144113
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Katz, Lawrence F.
Kling, Jeffrey R.
Liebman, Jeffrey B.
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Research Methodology: 
Published Date: 
2001
Published Date (Text): 
2001
Publication: 
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
Volume: 
116
Issue Number: 
2
Page Range: 
607-654
Year: 
2001
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Abstract: 

We examine short-run impacts of changes in residential neighborhoods on the well-being of families residing in high-poverty public housing projects who received Section 8 housing vouchers through a random lottery. Households offered vouchers experienced improvements in multiple measures of well-being relative to a control group, including increased safety, improved health among household heads, and fewer behavior problems among boys. There were no significant short-run impacts of vouchers on the employment, earnings, or welfare receipt of household heads. Children in households offered vouchers valid only in low poverty neighborhoods also had reduced likelihood of injuries, asthma attacks, and victimizations by crime. (author abstract)

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Page Count: 
48
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