Does losing your home mean losing your school? Effects of foreclosures on the school mobility of children

Vicki Been, Ingrid Gould Ellen, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, Meryle Weinstein

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Abstract

In the last few years, millions of homes around the country have entered foreclosure, pushing many families out of their homes and potentially forcing their children to move to new schools. Unfortunately, despite considerable attention to the causes and consequences of mortgage defaults, we understand little about the distribution and severity of these impacts on school children. This paper takes a step toward filling that gap through studying how foreclosures in New York City affect the mobility of public school children across schools. A significant body of research suggests that, in general, switching schools is costly for students, though the magnitude of the effect depends critically on the nature of the move and the quality of the origin and destination schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-414
Number of pages8
JournalRegional Science and Urban Economics
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Foreclosure
  • Housing instability
  • Mobility
  • Public education
  • Schools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Urban Studies

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