I (don't) like the way you move: The disruptive effects of residential turnover on student attainment (S. Gibbons, O. Silva, F. Weinhardt (LSE, CEP, SERC))

Wednesday 4 December 2013, 1.00PM to 2.00pm

Speaker(s): Steve Gibbons, LSE

Abstract: Economists naturally believe that residential mobility is good from an individual’s perspective, as well as for labour markets more generally. Little attention has however been paid towards the potential negative externalities that could arise from of high levels of mobility. Recent work has shown that there are disruptive and significantly negative effects on pupils in schools that experience high levels of turnover. This paper is the first to test for negative externalities at the neighbourhood level, which could arise because of disruption, the break-up of strong neighbourhood ties and social disorganisation. Using detailed census data we show that students who do not move experience negative effects on test score value added between age 11 and age 14 from high levels of neighbourhood turnover. This has important implications for the way economists generally think about the benefits from residential mobility.

Location: ARRC Auditorium (A/RC/014)

Admission: ALL WELCOME