To what extent does where you live determine how you live? In particular, does growing up in a poor neighborhood reduce one’s chances for economic and social advancement, greater educational achievement, and better health? Poor people typically live in poor neighborhoods. But would those people do better living in better-off settings? If so, what government policies could help? To discuss these issues, Lawrence Katz of Harvard University joins EconoFact Chats.
Larry is the Elizabeth Allison Professor of Economics at Harvard. He served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. His research focuses on labor economics, and on the impact of public policies designed to address social problems. He led the Moving to Opportunity study, a major randomized housing mobility experiment sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.