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Moving into the projects: social housing neighbourhoods and school performance in England

Weinhardt, Felix (2010) Moving into the projects: social housing neighbourhoods and school performance in England. SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0044. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London, UK.

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Abstract

This study estimates the effect of living in a very deprived neighbourhood, as identified by a high density of social housing, on the educational attainment of fourteen years old (9th grade) students in England. Neighbourhoods with markedly high concentrations of social housing have very high unemployment and extremely low qualification rates, as well as high building density, rooms over-crowding and low house prices. In order to identify the causal impact of neighbourhood deprivation on pupil attainments, I exploit the timing of moving into these neighbourhoods. The timing of a move can be taken as exogenous because of long waiting lists for social housing in high-demand areas. This is a new strategy that by-passes the usual sorting and reflection problems. Using this approach, there is no evidence for otherwise negative effects, which has potentially wide-ranging implications for social housing policy.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.spatialeconomics.ac.uk/SERC/publication...
Additional Information: © 2010 Felix Weinhardt
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development
Sets: Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: SERCDP0044
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 10:48
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33612/

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