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Assessing the evidence on neighborhood effects from Moving to Opportunity

  • Aliprantis, Dionissi

This paper investigates the assumptions under which various parameters can be identified by the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) housing mobility experiment. Joint models of potential outcomes and selection into treatment are used to clarify the current interpretation of empirical evidence, distinguishing program effects from neighborhood effects. It is shown that MTO only identifi es a restricted subset of the neighborhood effects of interest, with empirical evidence presented that MTO does not identify effects from moving to high quality neighborhoods. One implication is that programs designed around measures other than poverty might have larger effects than MTO.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its series Working Paper with number 1122R.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcwp:1122:x:1
Note: This paper has been substantially revised. For the new version see WP no. 1233.
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