Kacie Dragan

Robert F. Wagner Graduate School
of Public Service
New York University
295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

May 2019Does Gentrification Displace Poor Children? New Evidence from New York City Medicaid Data
with Ingrid Ellen, Sherry A. Glied: w25809
The pace of gentrification has accelerated in cities across the country since 2000, and many observers fear it is displacing low-income populations from their homes and communities. We offer new evidence about the consequences of gentrification on mobility, building and neighborhood conditions, using longitudinal New York City Medicaid records from January 2009 to December 2015 to track the movement of a cohort of low-income children over seven years, during a period of rapid gentrification in the city. We leverage building-level data to examine children in market rate housing separately from those in subsidized housing. We find no evidence that gentrification is associated with meaningful changes in mobility rates over the seven-year period. It is associated with slightly longer distanc...

Published: Kacie Dragan & Ingrid Gould Ellen & Sherry Glied, 2019. "Does gentrification displace poor children and their families? new evidence from medicaid data in New York City," Regional Science and Urban Economics, .

March 2017Seeing and Hearing: The Impacts of New York City’s Universal Prekindergarten Program on the Health of Low-Income Children
with Kai Hong, Sherry Glied: w23297
Prior research suggests that high quality universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) programs can generate lifetime benefits, but the mechanisms generating these effects are not well-understood. In 2014, New York City made all 4-year-old children eligible for high-quality UPK programs that emphasized developmental screening. We examine the effect of this program on the health and healthcare utilization of children enrolled in Medicaid using a difference-in-regression discontinuity design that exploits both the introduction of UPK and the fixed age cut-off for enrollment. The introduction of UPK increased the probability that a child was diagnosed with asthma or with vision problems, received treatment for hearing or vision problems, or received a screening during the prekindergarten year. UPK ac...

Published: Kai Hong & Kacie Dragan & Sherry Glied, 2019. "Seeing and Hearing: The Impacts of New York City’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program on the Health of Low-Income Children," Journal of Health Economics, . citation courtesy of

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