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Title Neighbourhoods and local public goods: evidence from a housing lottery
Post date 08/26/2018
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale Urban policy affects how people of different backgrounds live in close proximity. This is particularly true in the case of government housing policies, where the allocation of households to new housing blocks can affect the composition of new neighborhoods. This study studies the effect of household composition in new housing buildings to the production of local public goods in, and around, those buildings. See full pre-analysis plan for more detail.
C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested? How are local public goods in public housing, produced by communities at the level of the building, affected by the composition of those communities, along three key dimensions: 1) the poverty rate of the community, 2) the ethnic fractionalization of that community, and 3) and the share of owner-occupiers living in the building. See full pre-analysis plan for more detail.
C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? * I use a natural experiment in which households are randomly assigned to new housing blocks to test for the effect of community composition (measured among households before they moved into new built housing) on public goods. I measure public goods with household surveys with residents of the new buildings, and with specially designed building survey, based on systematic observation of the local amenities around buildings. See full pre-analysis plan for more detail.
C4 Country Ethiopia
C5 Scale (# of Units) 900 households, 233 housing blocks
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? Yes
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? Yes
C8 IRB Number LSE REC [ref. 000632]
C9 Date of IRB Approval “Self-certification” in July of 2015, full committee review received in 12th December 2017.
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? not provided by authors
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? No
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) O18, H41, O10