Housing Vouchers, Income Shocks, and Crime: Evidence from a Lottery

62 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2017 Last revised: 26 May 2020

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Jillian Carr

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management

Vijetha Koppa

Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Dubai

Date Written: May 22, 2020

Abstract

Employing exogenous variation in randomized wait-list positions assigned using a lottery, we identify the causal effects of Section 8 housing vouchers on arrests of adult household heads. Based on administrative records from Houston, we find that voucher receipt has no effect on the likelihood of arrest. Even among the groups with the highest propensities for crime, the vouchers have no impact. Income effects for these adults are particularly large relative to neighborhood effects, leading us to believe that this large income shock does little to alleviate financial pressures that could lead to crime.

Keywords: Housing Vouchers, Section 8, Crime, Neighborhood Effects, Income Shocks

JEL Classification: I38, K42, R23

Suggested Citation

Carr, Jillian and Koppa, Vijetha, Housing Vouchers, Income Shocks, and Crime: Evidence from a Lottery (May 22, 2020). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2997421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2997421

Jillian Carr

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management ( email )

1310 Krannert Building
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1310
United States

Vijetha Koppa (Contact Author)

Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Dubai ( email )

DIAC
Dubai, 345006
United Arab Emirates

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