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The impact of home address on mobility

Hello and welcome to the Income Inequality and Social Immobility Capstone blog! My name is Maria Lopez, and I am in my final semester in the MPA Program. I, along with my teammates, have been making great strides in trying to determine what are the fundamental causes of social and economic immobility in Boston.

This task has proven to be a bit more complex than expected, in part because of the numerous factors associated with mobility and the fact that many of these are correlated, which has at times clouded our search for causality. As we have continued our research, our themes “web”—which Alex shared a couple of weeks ago—has only gown and become more complex.

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Despite of all of the different factors associated with immobility we have been able to identify, there has been one that has come up in everyone’s research, and that is neighborhoods. Raj Chetty and researchers at The Equality of Opportunity Project have done a great job outlining the many ways in which neighborhoods influence mobility, especially when it comes to economic and social segregation.

Some of the maps included in the 2011 The Measure of Poverty report do a great job at showing how, in Boston, people possessing some of the characteristics associated with immobility, such as race, education level and family structure, tend to cluster in certain neighborhoods, which in turn affects intergenerational mobility. This finding will inform the recommendations we make and help us create a more valuable proposal for The Boston Foundation.

Published On: March 14, 2018 |
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