More evidence from Raj Chetty: neighborhoods matter for economic mobility


In recent years, Raj Chetty’s research has highlighted the lack of economic mobility for Americans today and revealed striking differences in mobility based on a person’s place of birth. His latest research focuses on the contribution of neighborhoods to poor children’s economic trajectories, and concludes that moving to a better neighborhood improves educational outcomes, employment, and income.

Chetty used IRS data to track the incomes of children whose families moved, including families who participated in the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) demonstration, which helped poor families move from deeply poor housing projects to low-poverty neighborhoods. Past research has found that MTO […]