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Long-term earnings and employment effects of housing voucher receipt

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  • Carlson, Deven
  • Haveman, Robert
  • Kaplan, Tom
  • Wolfe, Barbara

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Using a propensity score matching approach coupled with difference-in-differences regression analysis, we estimate the effect of housing voucher receipt on the employment and earnings of a large longitudinal sample of low-income families for 6years following voucher receipt. Our results indicate that voucher receipt has little effect on employment, but a negative effect on earnings. The negative earnings effect is largest in the years immediately following initial receipt, and fades out over time. In addition, we find that the pattern of recipient earnings responses to voucher receipt differs substantially across demographic subgroups. Several robustness tests are run to support the reliability of our findings. We discuss the implications of our findings for research and policy.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 71 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 128-150

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Handle: RePEc:eee:juecon:v:71:y:2012:i:1:p:128-150

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Keywords: Housing vouchers; Earnings; Employment; Matching;

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Cited by:
  1. Fredrik Andersson & John C. Haltiwanger & Mark J. Kutzbach & Giordano Palloni & Henry O. Pollakowski & Daniel H. Weinberg, 2013. "Childhood Housing And Adult Earnings: A Between-Siblings Analysis Of Housing Vouchers And Public Housing," Working Papers 13-48, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
  2. Carlson, Deven & Haveman, Robert & Kaplan, Thomas & Wolfe, Barbara, 2012. "Long-term effects of public low-income housing vouchers on neighborhood quality and household composition," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 101-120.

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