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Title: Creating Moves to Opportunity: Experimental Evidence on Barriers to Neighborhood Choice
Low-income families often live in low-upward-mobility neighborhoods. We study why by using a randomized trial with housing voucher recipients that provided information, financial support, and customized search assistance to move to high-opportunity neighborhoods. The treatment increased the fraction moving to high-upward-mobility areas from 15 to 53 percent. A second trial reveals this treatment effect is driven primarily by customized search assistance. Qualitative interviews show that the intervention relaxed bandwidth constraints and addressed family-specific needs. Our findings imply many low-income families do not have strong preferences to stay in low-opportunity areas and that barriers in housing search significantly increase residential segregation by income.  more » « less
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Publisher / Repository:
American Economic Association
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Journal Name:
American Economic Review
Page Range / eLocation ID:
1281 to 1337
Subject(s) / Keyword(s):
JEL D83, G51, R21, R23, R31, R38
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Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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