October 6, 2018

CITIES WERE A MISTAKE:

Escaping to opportunity: Leaving impoverished public housing projects has profound long-term consequences for children, especially if they're young.  (Chris Fleisher, 10/02/18, aMERICAN eCONOMIC aSSOCIATION)

"We don't really know what's happened to the people that have been affected by (public housing demolition) at all," said Eric Chyn, assistant professor at the University of Virginia, in an interview with the AEA. "One of the hopes was that children and adults would benefit by getting out of those areas because these areas were very very difficult environments."

Chyn's paper in the October issue of the American Economic Review examines what happened when Chicago razed some of its roughest projects and forcibly relocated families.

Chyn found that children who left public housing for more stable communities were 9 percent more likely to be employed as adults and earned 16 percent more per year. The impacts were even larger for kids who were young when they moved. The findings underscore the long-term consequences that living in impoverished communities has for children and offers important insights for housing policy.    

Public housing policy ought to be based, almost entirely, on getting the urban poor out of cities and into homes of their own.

Posted by at October 6, 2018 4:02 AM

  

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