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?
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
Contact: Sue Lalor
Phone: 9114 0941