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Urban Poverty and Juvenile Crime: Evidence from a Randomized Housing-Mobility Experiment

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  • Jens Ludwig
  • Greg J. Duncan
  • Paul Hirschfield

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This paper uses data from a randomized housing-mobility experiment to study the effects of relocating families from high- to low-poverty neighborhoods on juvenile crime. Outcome measures come from juvenile arrest records taken from government administrative data. Our findings seem to suggest that providing families with the opportunity to move to lower-poverty neighborhoods reduces violent criminal behavior by teens.

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  • Jens Ludwig & Greg J. Duncan & Paul Hirschfield, 2001. "Urban Poverty and Juvenile Crime: Evidence from a Randomized Housing-Mobility Experiment," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 116(2), pages 655-679.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:116:y:2001:i:2:p:655-679.
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