Friday, October 21, 2011

MTO, obesity and the Daily Mail

Many years ago, my friend and co-author Kermit Daniel had his dissertation research on the married male wage premium written up in US magazine. Since that time, I have always had it as a goal to somehow get my research noted in some thoroughly non-academic outlet. Now it turns out that my friend Jens Ludwig has accomplished this goal as well, by getting his paper on the effects of the Moving to Opportunity housing voucher treatment on obesity into the London Daily Mail, which also provides an illustrative photo.

Oh, and if you read the article, don't take the comments by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan too seriously. The overall big picture takeaway from MTO is that neighborhood effects matter surprisingly little.

Hat tip: Charlie Brown

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