Trends and Patterns in Intergenerational Mobility in Education (with Jason Fletcher). Journal of Human Capital. 2020.
Work in Progress
Neighborhoods, Well-being, and Families (with Margarida Madaleno)
Residential Location and Parenting Behavior
Parental Involvement and Neighborhood Quality: Evidence from Public Housing Demolitions in Chicago
I present novel estimates showing how parental involvement responds to changing neighborhood quality. To estimate causal effects in the presence of residential neighborhood selection, I exploit the mass closure and demolition of public housing projects in Chicago. I derive an instrumental variable for neighborhood quality, based on the spillover effects of demolitions on other neighborhoods. On average, parents compensate for decreased neighborhood quality by increasing parental involvement. Hence, without accounting for parental mediation, existing estimates may understate the direct impact of neighborhoods environment on children. These parental responses are mainly driven by non-discplinary parenting. In contrast, non-parenting household activity does not respond to changing neighborhood quality. Finally, there is evidence of heterogeneous neighborhood quality effects: most notably, parents with low initial involvement decrease parental involvement even more when neighborhood quality decreases. Within a neighborhood, socioeconomically advantaged parents compensate more when neighborhood quality declines.
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