Moving to Opportunity (MTO)

Public Use Files and

Restricted Access Datasets

 

 

 

       Public Use Files

       Information about Restricted Access Data


Public Use Files

MTO data public use files (PUFs) are available for the following articles:

 

       Long-Term Neighborhood Effects on Low-Income Families: Evidence from Moving to Opportunity

Jens Ludwig, Greg J. Duncan, Lisa A. Gennetian, Lawrence F. Katz, Ronald C. Kessler, Jeffrey R. Kling, and Lisa Sanbonmatsu

American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 103(3): 226-231. May 2013.

 

       Neighborhoods, Obesity, and Diabetes ó A Randomized Social Experiment (Supplementary Appendix)

Jens Ludwig, Lisa Sanbonmatsu, Lisa Gennetian, Emma Adam, Greg J. Duncan, Lawrence Katz, Ronald Kessler, Jeffrey Kling, Stacy Tessler Lindau,

††††† Robert Whitaker, and Thomas McDade

New England Journal of Medicine 365(16): 1509-1519. October 2011.

 

       Neighborhood Effects on the Long-Term Well-Being of Low-Income Adults (article available via www.mtoresearch.org/final.htm; Supplementary Materials)

Jens Ludwig, Greg J. Duncan, Lisa A. Gennetian, Lawrence F. Katz, Ronald C. Kessler, Jeffrey R. Kling, and Lisa Sanbonmatsu

Science 337(6101): 1505-1510. September 2012.

 

The table below includes links to the PUFs themselves as well as documentation for the files.

PUF1

Documentation

Cell-Level PUF2

Pseudo-Individual PUF2,3

(based on cell-level data)

Main Memo

Detailed Variable Information

Original Version Date

Last Updated

Stata File Link

Number of Cells

Original Version Date

Last Updated

Cells homogenous by:

Stata File Link

File N

Original Version Date

Last Updated

AER P&P Adults4

PDF

Appendix G

11/20/13

12/9/13

81

10/25/13

N/A

Site, treatment group

3,273

10/25/13

N/A

NEJM (adults)

PDF

Appendix F

11/20/13

12/9/13

81

10/25/13

N/A

Site, treatment group

3,273

10/25/13

N/A

Science (adults)

PDF

Appendix J

9/21/12

10/8/13

158

9/21/12

2/6/13

Site, treatment group

3,273

9/21/12

2/6/13

1 AER P&P = American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. NEJM = New England Journal of Medicine.

2 The data were provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and any paper that uses the data must acknowledge the Department.

3 WARNING: THESE DATA ARE NOT ACTUAL INDIVIDUAL-LEVEL DATA. PLEASE REFER TO THE DOCUMENTATION BEFORE ANALYZING THESE DATA. Due to the way the cells were constructed, these data are useful for looking at differences by site and/or treatment group but do not allow for other types of analyses.

4 The AER P&P also included analyses of the MTO youth sample, for whom data are not currently available but will be in the future.

 

Information about Restricted Access Data

       Final Impacts Evaluation Science Article Data Available via ICPSR (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/studies/34860)

This dataset is the individual-level restricted access version of the PUF listed above that allows for the (approximate) replication of the results from the MTO article that appeared in the journal Science in September 2012 (see above for specific citation information). The data are from the MTO Final Impacts Evaluation, which took place in 2008-2010 (10 to 16 years after families were randomly assigned). The variables available on the dataset are a subset of those collected as part of the MTO final (or long-term) evaluation. For reasons of confidentiality, researchers need to apply to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) for access to the data.

       MTO Data Available via Data License with HUD (https://www.huduser.gov/portal/research/pdr_data-license.html)

Other restricted access data from the MTO final impacts evaluation are available via Data License Agreement with the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The data license is defined by the four documents listed at the bottom of the page in the link above. Senior officials (e.g. attorneys and IT staff) from the researcherís institution should review the documents before an application is submitted. It may be helpful to review the MTO survey instruments (available at www.mtoresearch.org/instruments.html) before submitting an application, and including specifics about the survey questions of interest may expedite HUDís review of the application.

 

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