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Neighborhoods and Adolescent Development: How Can We Determine the Links?

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  • Greg Duncan
  • Stephen W. Raudenbush
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    Despite ample theoretical reasons to suspect that neighborhood conditions influence adolescent development and behavior, the task of securing precise, robust and unbiased estimates of neighborhood effects has proved remarkably difficult. This paper provides an assessment of the conceptual and, especially, methodological issues involved as well as guidance on the most promising research designs for obtaining an unbiased understanding of the nature of neighborhood effects.

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    Paper provided by Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research in its series JCPR Working Papers with number 59.

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    Date of creation: 01 Dec 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:wop:jopovw:59

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    1. Eirik Evenhouse & Siobhan Reilly, 2000. "Is the Wicked Stepmother Just a Fairytale?," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0049, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
    2. Joseph M. Harkness & Sandra J. Newman, 2003. "Effects of homeownership on children: the role of neighborhood characteristics and family income," Economic Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, issue Jun, pages 87-107.

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