Publications

2007
Kling JR, Liebman JB, Katz LF. Experimental Analysis of Neighborhood Effects. Econometrica . 2007;75 (1) :83-119.Abstract
Families, primarily female-headed minority households with children, living in high poverty public housing projects in five U.S. cities were offered housing vouchers by lottery in the Moving to Opportunity program. Four to seven years after random assignment,families offered vouchers lived in safer neighborhoods that had lower poverty rates than those of the control group not offered vouchers.We find no significant overall effects of this intervention on adult economic self-sufficiency or physical health.Mental health benefits of the voucher offers for adults and for female youth were substantial.Beneficial effects for female youth on education, risky behavior, and physical health were offset by adverse effects for male youth. For outcomes that exhibit significant treatment effects, we find, using variation in treatment intensity across voucher types and cities, that the relationship between neighborhood poverty rate and outcomes is approximately linear.
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2006
Goldin C, Katz LF, Kuziemko I. The Homecoming of American College Women: The Reversal of the College Gender Gap. Journal of Economic Perspectives. 2006;20 (4) :133-56. WebsiteAbstract

Women are currently the majority of U.S. college students and of those receiving a bachelor's degree, but were 39 percent of undergraduates in 1960. We use three longitudinal data sets of high school graduates in 1957, 1972, and 1992 to understand the narrowing of the gender gap in college and its reversal. From 1972 to 1992 high school girls narrowed the gap with boys in math and science course taking and in achievement test scores. These variables, which we term the proximate determinants, can account for 30 to 60 percent of the relative increase in women's college completion rate. Behind these changes were several others: the future work expectations of young women increased greatly between 1968 and 1979 and the age at first marriage for college graduate women rose by 2.5 years in the 1970s, allowing them to be more serious students. The reversal of the college gender gap, rather than just its elimination, was due in part to the persistence of behavioral and developmental differences between males and females.

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Autor DH, Katz LF, Kearney MS. The Polarization of the U.S. Labor Market. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. 2006;96 (2) :189-94. PDF
2005
Gibbons R, Katz LF, Lemieux T, Parent D. Comparative Advantage, Learning, and Sectoral Wage Determination. Journal of Labor Economics . 2005;23 (4) :681-724. gklp_jole_2005.pdf
Autor DH, Katz LF, Kearney MS. Trends in U.S. Wage Inequality: Re-Assessing the Revisionists. 2005. PDF
Autor DH, Katz LF, Kearney MS. Rising Wage Inequality: The Role of Composition and Prices. 2005. PDF
Kling JR, Liebman JB, Katz LF. Bullets Don't Got No Name: Consequences of Fear in the Ghetto. In: Weisner TS Discovering Successful Pathways in Children’s Development: New Methods in the Study of Childhood and Family Life. University of Chicago Press ; 2005. pp. 243-282. PDF
Kling JR, Ludwig J, Katz LF. Neighborhood Effects on Crime for Female and Male Youth: Evidence from a Randomized Housing Mobility Experiment. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 2005;120 :87-130. PDF
2003
Katz LF, Levitt SD, Shustorovich E. Prison Conditions, Capital Punishment and Deterrence. American Law and Economics Review. 2003;5 :318-343. PDF
DeLong JB, Goldin C, Katz LF. Sustaining U.S. Economic Growth. In: Aaron H, Lindsay J, Nivola P Agenda for the Nation. The Brookings Institution ; 2003. pp. 17-60. PDF
Goldin C, Katz LF. The ‘Virtues’ of the Past: Education in the First Hundred Years of the New Republic. 2003. WebsiteAbstract

By the mid-nineteenth century school enrollment rates in the United States exceeded those of any other nation in the world and by the early twentieth century the United States had accomplished mass education at all levels. No country was able to close the gap until the last quarter of the twentieth century. For much of its history U.S. education was spurred by a set of 'virtues,' the most important of which were public provision by small fiscally independent districts, public funding, secular control, gender neutrality, open access, a forgiving system, and an academic curriculum. The outcomes of the virtues were an enormous diffusion of educational institutions and the early spread of mass education. America borrowed its educational institutions from Europe but added to them in ways that served to enhance competition and openness. The virtues of long ago need not be the virtues of today, and they also need not have been virtuous in all places and at all times in the past. In this essay we explore the historical origins of these virtues and find that almost all were in place in the period before the American Civil War.

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Katz LF, Kling JR, Liebman JB, Goering J, Feins J. Boston Site Findings: The Early Impacts of Moving to Opportunity. In: Choosing A Better Life: Evaluating the Moving to Opportunity Social Experiment. Urban Institute Press ; 2003. pp. 177-211. Website PDF
Orr L, Feins J, Jacob R, Beecroft E, Sanbonmatsu L, Katz LF, Liebman JB, Kling JR. Moving to Opportunity: Interim Impacts Evaluation. 2003. Website PDF
2002
Goldin C, Katz LF. The Power of the Pill: Oral Contraceptives and Women’s Career and Marriage Decisions. Journal of Political Economy. 2002;110 :730-770. PDF
2001
Katz LF, HCEC. Lower-Paid Workers at Harvard University. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University; 2001. Publisher's Version hcecp_final_official.pdf
Goldin C, Katz LF. The Shaping of Higher Education in the United States and New England. Regional Review. 2001;(Q4) :5-11. Website highered.pdf
Kessler DP, Katz LF. Prevailing Wage Laws and Construction Labor Markets. Industrial & Labor Relations Review. 2001;54 (2) :259-74. kk_ilrr_2001.pdf

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