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Does losing your home mean losing your school?: Effects of foreclosures on the school mobility of children

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  • Been, Vicki
  • Ellen, Ingrid Gould
  • Schwartz, Amy Ellen
  • Stiefel, Leanna
  • Weinstein, Meryle

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In the last few years, millions of homes around the country have entered foreclosure, pushing many families out of their homes and potentially forcing their children to move to new schools. Unfortunately, despite considerable attention to the causes and consequences of mortgage defaults, we understand little about the distribution and severity of these impacts on school children. This paper takes a step toward filling that gap through studying how foreclosures in New York City affect the mobility of public school children across schools. A significant body of research suggests that, in general, switching schools is costly for students, though the magnitude of the effect depends critically on the nature of the move and the quality of the origin and destination schools.

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  • Been, Vicki & Ellen, Ingrid Gould & Schwartz, Amy Ellen & Stiefel, Leanna & Weinstein, Meryle, 2011. "Does losing your home mean losing your school?: Effects of foreclosures on the school mobility of children," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(4), pages 407-414, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:41:y:2011:i:4:p:407-414
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