Neighborhoods and Academic Achievement: Results from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment

52 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2006 Last revised: 18 Jul 2021

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Lisa Sanbonmatsu

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jeffrey R. Kling

Government of the United States of America - Congressional Budget Office (CBO); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Greg J. Duncan

Northwestern University - Institute for Policy Research; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

Columbia University - Teachers' College

Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

Families originally living in public housing were assigned housing vouchers by lottery, encouraging moves to neighborhoods with lower poverty rates. Although we had hypothesized that reading and math test scores would be higher among children in families offered vouchers (with larger effects among younger children), the results show no significant effects on test scores for any age group among over 5000 children ages 6 to 20 in 2002 who were assessed four to seven years after randomization. Program impacts on school environments were considerably smaller than impacts on neighborhoods, suggesting that achievement-related benefits from improved neighborhood environments are alone small.

Suggested Citation

Sanbonmatsu, Lisa and Kling, Jeffrey and Duncan, Greg J. and Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne, Neighborhoods and Academic Achievement: Results from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment (January 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w11909, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=875668

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