2020 Urban Research Award: The Effects of Social Housing on Neighborhoods: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Copenhagen

PI: Yuhei Miyauchi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, College of Arts & Sciences
Co-PI: Linh T. Tô, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, College of Arts & Sciences
Collaborator: Bence Bøje-Kovács, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aalborg University

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Yuhei Miyauchi
Providing affordable social housing for socially and economically disadvantaged households is crucial for sustainable and equitable city management. However, little is known about the impacts of social housing for disadvantaged households on urban neighborhoods. Our project studies this question using a research design that takes advantage of a fixed assignment rule of the public housing stock to disadvantaged households in Denmark.

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Linh Tô

Using detailed administrative micro-data covering the population of the entire city, we study the impacts of this assignment on neighbors’ (1) economic outcomes (e.g., jobs, income), (2) social outcomes (e.g., crime, mental health), (3) childrens’ outcomes (e.g., education outcomes), and (4) residential mobility (e.g., moving into and out of public housing).