David J. Harding
Department of Sociology
410 Barrows Hall
Berkeley CA 94720
Institutional Affiliation: University of Michigan
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|June 2010||Unpacking Neighborhood Influences on Education Outcomes: Setting the Stage for Future Research|
with Lisa Gennetian, Christopher Winship, Lisa Sanbonmatsu, Jeffrey R. Kling: w16055
We motivate future neighborhood research through a simple model that considers youth educational outcomes as a function of neighborhood context, neighborhood exposure, individual vulnerability to neighborhood effects, and non-neighborhood educational inputs -- with a focus on effect heterogeneity. Research using this approach would require three steps. First, researchers would need to shift focus away from broad theories of neighborhood effects and examine the specific mechanisms through which the characteristics of a neighborhood might affect an individual. Second, neighborhood research would need new and far more nuanced data. Third, more research designs would be needed that can unpack the causal effects, if any, of specific neighborhood characteristics as they operate through well-spe...
Published: Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances. Edited by Greg J. Duncan and Richard Murnane. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2011. 277-296.