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The Effect of a Program-Based Housing Move on Employment: HOPE VI in Atlanta

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  • Bulent Anil

    (Department of Economics, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 412 Library Drive, Duluth, MN 55812-3029, USA)

  • David L. Sjoquist


    (Department of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, 14 Marietta Street NW, P.O. Box 3992, Atlanta, GA 30302-3992, USA)

  • Sally Wallace


    (Department of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, 14 Marietta Street NW, P.O. Box 3992, Atlanta, GA 30302-3992, USA)

We combine records of Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) clients, Georgia Department of Labor (DOL) employment records, and neighborhood characteristics to analyze the causal effect of an exogenous move out of public housing on the employment of public hou sing residents. The exogenous move was caused by a HOPE VI or HOPE VI-like project in Atlanta. We find that such an exogenous move has a positive and statistically significant effect on the probability of employment for those residents who moved relative to other public housing tenants. We also compare the change in employment of those whose exogenous move was to another public housing unit to those who took a housing voucher. We also compare the change in the probability of employment associated with an exogenous move and a voluntary move and find that both types of moves are associated with a greater probability of employment as compared to those who did not move.

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Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 77 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 138-160

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Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:77:1:y:2010:p:138-160
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