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Public Housing, Housing Vouchers, and Student Achievement: Evidence from Public Housing Demolitions in Chicago

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    This paper utilizes a plausibly exogenous source of variation in housing assistance generated by public housing demolitions in Chicago to examine the impact of high-rise public housing on student outcomes. I find that children in households affected by the demolitions do no better or worse than their peers on a wide variety of achievement measures. Because the majority of households that leave high-rise public housing in response to the demolitions move to neighborhoods and schools that closely resemble those they left, the zero effect of the demolitions may be interpreted as the independent impact of public housing.

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    Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 94 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 233-258

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    Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:94:y:2004:i:1:p:233-258

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