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Cityscape - Volume 14 Number 2


Moving to Opportunity

Volume 14 Number 2

Mark D. Shroder
Michelle P. Matuga


Moving to Opportunity

Guest Editor: Jens Ludwig

Guest Editor's Introduction
Jens Ludwig

Acknowledgment of Extraordinary Obligations
Nancy Gebler, Lisa A. Gennetian, Jens Ludwig, and Lisa Sanbonmatsu

Moving to Opportunity: Why, How, and What Next?
Mark D. Shroder and Larry L. Orr

Achieving MTO’s High Effective Response Rates: Strategies and Tradeoffs
Nancy Gebler, Lisa A. Gennetian, Margaret L. Hudson, Barbara Ward, and Matthew Sciandra

MTO: A Successful Housing Intervention
Jennifer Comey, Susan J. Popkin, and Kaitlin Franks

The Long-Term Effects of Moving to Opportunity on Adult Health and Economic Self-Sufficiency
Lisa Sanbonmatsu, Jordan Marvakov, Nicholas A. Potter, Fanghua Yang, Emma Adam, William J. Congdon, Greg J. Duncan, Lisa A. Gennetian, Lawrence F. Katz, Jeffrey R. Kling, Ronald C. Kessler, Stacy Tessler Lindau, Jens Ludwig, and Thomas W. McDade

The Long-Term Effects of Moving to Opportunity on Youth Outcomes
Lisa A. Gennetian, Matthew Sciandra, Lisa Sanbonmatsu, Jens Ludwig, Lawrence F. Katz, Greg J. Duncan, Jeffrey R. Kling, and Ronald C. Kessler

Making MTO Health Results More Relevant to Current Housing Policy: Next Steps
Thomas D. Cook and Coady Wing

Constrained Compliance: Solving the Puzzle of MTO’s Lease-Up Rates and Why Mobility Matters
Kathryn Edin, Stefanie DeLuca, and Ann Owens

Increasing the Value of MTO Research for Housing Policy Development
Edgar O. Olsen

Moving Neighborhoods Versus Reforming Schools: A Canadian’s Perspective
Philip Oreopoulos

Commentary: MTO’s Contribution to a Virtuous Cycle of Policy Experimentation and Learning
Margery Austin Turner

Point of Contention: Defining Neighborhoods

Guest Editor: Ron Wilson

The Tyranny of Census Geography: Small-Area Data and Neighborhood Statistics
Jonathan Sperling

Defining Neighborhoods in Space and Time
Ralph B. Taylor

Defining Neighborhoods for Research and Policy
Claudia Coulton

Dynamic Geography: The Changing Definition of Neighborhood
Marc S. Buslik

Refereed Papers

Geographic Patterns of Serious Mortgage Delinquency: Cross-MSA Comparisons
Lariece M. Brown, Hui-Chin Chen, Melissa T. Narragon, and Paul S. Calem

The Housing Needs of Rental Assistance Applicants
Josh Leopold


Graphic Detail: Geographic Patterns of Regional Unemployment Versus Unemployment Compensation in the United States—2009
Ron Wilson

Data Shop: Introducing the Ohio New Establishment Dynamics Data
Joel A. Elvery and Ellen Cyran

Impact: Impact Analysis of the Proposed Rule on Streamlining the Portability Process in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Yves Sopngwi Djoko


Comparing Public Housing and Housing Voucher Tenants With Bayesian Propensity Scores
Brent D. Mast

Referees 2011-12




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