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Poverty and homelessness have been major issues in the United States. From this, the government has tried to intervene by creating programs to assist low-income families and combat poverty. It is debated how federal tax revenue should be used to help house low-income families. Federal housing assistance was created during the Great Depression and up until the late 1970s the main focus has been on public housing projects. The government has focused on two policies to help house low-income families: public housing and vouchers for private housing. Housing vouchers have become more and more popular since the late 1970s. In the research paper Experimental Analysis of Neighborhood Effects, Kling et al. (2007) wanted to find out if neighborhood effects exist for those in public housing and, if so, does switching neighborhoods and out of public housing assistance have a positive effect?
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Kling, J., J. Liebman, and L. Katz (2007), “Experimental Analysis of Neighborhood Effects”, Econometrica 75, 83-119
O’Sullivan A. (2012), Urban Economics, Boston: Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 8th edition.
- Neighborhood Effects