Jail time happens for more people who've grown up in bad neighborhoods

New York Times economics writer Justin Wolfers checks into social science analysis that moves the dial on the assertion that the neighborhood in which you grow up is a major determinant of your economic success as an adult.

Author of the research, Eric Chyn, an economist completing his dissertation at the University of Michigan, finds that negative effects of a bad neighborhood may be much larger than formerly known for low-income families with less motivated parents, and he uses an innovative research sample set as the basis of his assertion. Wolfers writes that the broader implications on the efficacy of social and housing policy are significant:

The logic that Mr. Chyn applies to housing suggests that the experiments used to evaluate other social policy interventions may understate the effectiveness that these programs could have when rolled out to a broader population.

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