The Effect of Housing Assistance on Student Achievement: Evidence from Wisconsin

39 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2017

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Deven Carlson

University of Oklahoma

Robert Haveman

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Sohyun Kang

Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hannah Miller

Abt Associates

Alex Schmidt

Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Barbara Wolfe

University of Wisconsin-Madison; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); RSSS-economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: July 28, 2017

Abstract

Drawing on a unique data set that links information on all Wisconsin households receiving means-tested benefits with the educational performance of all Wisconsin public school students in these households, we estimate the effect of a family’s initial receipt of housing assistance on students’ subsequent achievement outcomes. We estimate these effects using two different comparison groups. Our first comparison group consists of children living in households that receive housing assistance starting three years after our treatment group—we use observations from students’ pre-receipt years as the basis for the comparison. Our second comparison group consists of low-income students whose families never received housing assistance, but did receive other forms of means-tested benefits, such as SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid. The results of our analyses suggest small positive effects of housing benefit receipt on student achievement. We discuss the implications for research and policy.

Keywords: Housing Vouchers, Public Housing, Student Achievement, Administrative Data

JEL Classification: H53, O18

Suggested Citation

Carlson, Deven and Haveman, Robert H. and Kang, Sohyun and Miller, Hannah and Schmidt, Alex and Wolfe, Barbara L., The Effect of Housing Assistance on Student Achievement: Evidence from Wisconsin (July 28, 2017). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 19/17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3011734

Deven Carlson

University of Oklahoma ( email )

Robert H. Haveman

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Sohyun Kang

Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison
Madison, WI 53705

Hannah Miller

Abt Associates

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Alex Schmidt

Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison ( email )

Madison, WI 53706
United States

Barbara L. Wolfe (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin-Madison ( email )

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Madison, WI 53706
United States
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

RSSS-economics ( email )

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Australia

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Cambridge, MA 02138
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