Investigator: Greg Duncan

Funding: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This grant supports writing a book about how and why neighborhood physical and social environments affect people’s health and well being, and how various “place-based” public policies might help improve health and other outcomes for some of our nation’s most disadvantaged families living in our most distressed urban neighborhoods. The bulk of the book will be an accessible summary of lessons learned from one of the most ambitious randomized environmental experiments ever undertaken -- the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Moving to Opportunity (MTO) demonstration.  The book will be written collaboratively with Jens Ludwig, the McCormick Foundation Professor at the University of Chicago, Lawrence F. Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics at Harvard, and Ronald C. Kessler, Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.