Panel Paper: Housing Vouchers and Violent Victimization Among Youth in Chicago

Thursday, November 7, 2013 : 4:00 PM
Boardroom (Ritz Carlton)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Max Kapustin1, Brian Jacob1 and Jens Ludwig2, (1)University of Michigan, (2)University of Chicago
This study estimates the effects on youth violence of a means-tested housing program, utilizing data from a randomized lottery of housing vouchers in Chicago in 1997. Families living in public and private housing received vouchers they could use to relocate to safer neighborhoods with lower poverty rates. For families in private housing, this voucher represented a substantial income subsidy as well. Using Medicaid claims from 1999 to 2008 as a proxy, we are able to determine the effect of receipt and take-up of a housing voucher on the violent victimization of youth.