Johns Hopkins University
Department of Sociology
Institutional Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2019||Creating Moves to Opportunity: Experimental Evidence on Barriers to Neighborhood Choice|
with Peter Bergman, Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Lawrence F. Katz, Christopher Palmer: w26164
Low-income families in the United States tend to live in neighborhoods that offer limited opportunities for upward income mobility. One potential explanation for this pattern is that families prefer such neighborhoods for other reasons, such as affordability or proximity to family and jobs. An alternative explanation is that they do not move to high-opportunity areas because of barriers that prevent them from making such moves. We test between these two explanations using a randomized controlled trial with housing voucher recipients in Seattle and King County. We provided services to reduce barriers to moving to high-upward-mobility neighborhoods: customized search assistance, landlord engagement, and short-term financial assistance. Unlike many previous housing mobility programs, families...