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


  • Jens Otto Ludwig
  • Greg Duncan
  • Paul Hirschfield


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. Our outcome measures are juvenile arrest records taken from government administrative data. We find that providing families with the opportunity to move to lower-poverty neighborhoods substantially reduces violent criminal behavior by teens. We also find that moves to very low-poverty areas (with rates under 10 percent) may cause an increase in property crime offending, at least in the short term. To download a Brookings Institution policy brief of this paper, please visit the Brookings Institution's site.

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  • Jens Otto Ludwig & Greg Duncan & Paul Hirschfield, 2000. "Urban Poverty and Juvenile Crime: Evidence from a Randomized Housing-Mobility Experiment," JCPR Working Papers 158, Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:wop:jopovw:158

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