Events

Current Thinking Seminar: George Galster


19 March 2009
Does Neighbourhood Matter in the Development of Low-Income, Minority Children?
Does Neighbourhood Matter in the Development of Low-Income, Minority Children?

Does Neighbourhood Matter in the Development of Low-Income, Minority Children?
New Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Denver

Prof Galster's presentation will report on research which aimed to quantify how a variety of outcomes (health, education, employment, behavioral and demographic) for low-income, black and Latino children residing in Denver public housing for a substantial period are statistically related to various conditions in the neighborhoods in which they were raised.

Because the initial allocation of households on the Denver Housing Authority waiting list to units throughout the City and County of Denver mimics a random assignment to a wide range of neighborhood environments, this program represents a natural experiment for overcoming parental selection bias in estimating neighborhood effects.

The findings inform a longstanding debate about the aims and consequences of affordable housing policy for increasing opportunities for self-sufficiency through the location of subsidized households in places that enhance positive developmental impacts on low-income children.

About George Galster
Prof Galster is the Clarence B. Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs at Wayne State University (Detroit MI) and a leading authority on the causes and consequences of neighbourhood decline and revitalisation and measuring impacts on neighbourhoods of various forms of intervention. He has published widely on neighbourhood effects, social mixing, and urban poverty.

Recognition of Prof Galster's achievements in the field includes:
2007: "Best Paper Award" Journal of the American Planning Association v. 72, 2006
2007: "Most Cited Author," cumulative record of Housing Policy Debate
2007: "Most Cited Paper: Wrestling Sprawl to the Ground," cumulative record of Housing Policy Debate


Time: 5.30pm to 7.30 pm

Location: Architecture Lecture Theatre 1, Wilkinson Building, 148 City Road

Cost: Free

Contact: Sue Lalor

Phone: 9114 0941

Email: 2a05065e5705783e243e156224230f7e1730

More info: http://www.arch.usyd.edu.au/documents/prc/Events/prc_george_galster.pdf