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Poverty Deconcentration and the Prevention of Crime

Jens Ludwig and Julia Burdick-Will

in The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398823
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398823.013.0010

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Poverty Deconcentration and the Prevention of Crime

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This article introduces the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) experiment, which studies the impact of moving families living in public housing projects in the most underprivileged neighborhoods in American cities to neighborhoods with much lower poverty rates. It discusses the results of this experiment and their implications for neighborhood effects on crime in general. This article also examines the source of gender difference on crime and presents a “natural experiment” that can copy the MTO experiment.

Keywords: Moving to Opportunity experiment; public housing; neighborhood effects; gender difference; natural experiment

Article.  6184 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Crime Prevention

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