The Effects of Exposure to Better Neighborhoods on Children: New Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment
NBER Working Paper No. 21156
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The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Treasury Department, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.. This work is a component of a larger project examining the effects of tax expenditures on the budget deficit and economic activity. All results based on tax data in this paper are constructed using statistics originally reported in the SOI Working Paper "The Economic Impacts of Tax Expenditures: Evidence from Spatial Variation across the U.S.," approved under IRS contract TIRNO-12-P-00374 and presented at the Office of Tax Analysis on November 3, 2014. MTO participant data are highly confidential. HUD allowed the authors special access to the experimental data under Data License DL14MA001, approved March 28, 2014. We thank Joshua Angrist, Jeffrey Kling, Jeffrey Liebman, Jens Ludwig, anonymous referees, and numerous seminar participants for helpful comments and discussions. We are very grateful to Ray Yun Gou, Lisa Sanbonmatsu, and Matt Sciandra for help with the Moving to Opportunity data. Sarah Abraham, Alex Bell, Augustin Bergeron, Jamie Fogel, Nikolaus Hildebrand, Alex Olssen, and Benjamin Scuderi provided outstanding research assistance. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation, NIA Grant R01 AG031259, the Lab for Economic Applications and Policy at Harvard, and Laura and John Arnold Foundation.