New Kids on the Block

Greg J. Duncan,
Greg Duncan
Greg J. Duncan Distinguished Professor, School of Education - University of California, Irvine
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn,
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education, Teachers College and College of Physicians and Surgeons - Columbia University
Jeffrey R. Kling, and
Jeffrey R. Kling Former Brookings Expert, Associate Director for Economic Analysis - Congressional Budget Office
Lisa Sanbonmatsu

September 1, 2007

Results from the Moving to Opportunity experiment

If only we could move poor kids out of high-poverty, inner-city neighborhoods. Moving to more affluent neighborhoods would surround children with more educated adult role models, stronger educational values, and better community resources. The children would benefit from higher-quality schools and the peer influences of high-achieving classmates. We would be sure to see improvement in their academic performance. Right? Maybe. Research has in fact found surprisingly little convincing evidence that neighborhoods play a key role in children’s educational success.

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