Achieving Escape Velocity: Neighborhood and School Interventions to Reduce Persistent Inequality

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Title: Achieving Escape Velocity: Neighborhood and School Interventions to Reduce Persistent Inequality
Author: Fryer, Roland Gerhard; Katz, Lawrence F.

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Citation: Fryer, Roland G, and Lawrence F Katz. 2013. Achieving Escape Velocity: Neighborhood and School Interventions to Reduce Persistent Inequality. American Economic Review 103, no. 3: 232–237.
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Abstract: This paper reviews the evidence on the efficacy of neighborhood and school interventions in improving the long-run outcomes of children growing up in poor families. We focus on studies exploiting exogenous sources of variation in neighborhoods and schools and which examine at least medium-term outcomes. Higher-quality neighborhoods improve family safety, adult subjective well-being and health, and girls' mental health. But they have no detectable impact on youth human capital, labor market outcomes, or risky behaviors. In contrast, higher-quality schools can improve children's academic achievement and can have longer-term positive impacts of increasing educational attainment and earnings and reducing incarceration and teen pregnancy.
Published Version: doi:10.1257/aer.103.3.232
Other Sources: http://scholar.harvard.edu/lkatz/publications/achieving-escape-velocity-neighborhood-and-school-interventions-reduce-persistent
http://scholar.harvard.edu/fryer/publications/achieving-escape-velocity-neighborhood-and-school-interventions-reduce-persistent
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