Publications

Trends and Patterns in Intergenerational Mobility in Education (with Jason Fletcher). Journal of Human Capital. 2020.

High Schools and Educational Mobility (with Jason Fletcher). Review of Social Stratification and Mobility. 2021.

Under Review

Parental Involvement and Neighborhood Quality: Evidence from Public Housing Demolitions in Chicago

Work in Progress

Neighborhoods, Well-being, and Families (with Margarida Madaleno)

Parental Investments in Residential Location and Parenting Behavior

Parental Involvement and Neighborhood Quality: Evidence from Public Housing Demolitions in Chicago

 

(Abstract)

 

I study how parental involvement responds to changing neighborhood quality. Previous research on this topic has been limited to populations living in public housing. In contrast, I examine a population that does not live in public housing. To estimate causal effects in the presence of residential neighborhood selection, I utilize the mass closure and demolition of public housing projects in Chicago. I derive an instrumental variable for neighborhood quality which is based on the spillover effects of these demolitions on other neighborhoods. On average, parents compensate for decreased neighborhood quality by increasing parental involvement. Without accounting for parental responses, estimates of neighborhood effects are likely to understate the direct impact of neighborhood environment on children. The overall increase in parental involvement is mainly driven by parent-child interaction. 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. This pattern of heterogenous responses is not replicated for standard measures of socioeconomic advantage.

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