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ERIC Number: ED553227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Housing Voucher Receipt and the Quality of Schools Available to Recipient Children. Discussion Paper No. 1418-14
Carlson, Deven; Haveman, Robert; Kaplan, Thomas; Wolfe, Barbara
Institute for Research on Poverty, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Philadelphia, PA, Apr 3-7, 2014)
Using data on housing voucher recipients with school-aged children residing across the state of Wisconsin, we perform a three-stage analysis of the relationship between voucher receipt and the educational opportunities of children in recipient households. First, we examine the extent to which voucher receipt results in households relocating to a different school district. Second, we estimate the effect of voucher receipt on the quality of the school district--as measured by average standardized test scores in the district--in which recipient households reside. Finally, for the subset of recipient households residing in the Madison Metropolitan School District, we estimate the effect of voucher receipt on the quality of the specific school attendance zone--again measured by average standardized test scores--in which recipient households live. Our results indicate that voucher receipt initially induces cross-boundary relocation for households with children, but provides greater stability in subsequent years; there is some evidence that these moves result in voucher recipients residing in areas with access to higher quality public schools, particularly in urban areas. We discuss the implications of these findings for research and policy.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin