I saw in a Furman Center e-mail a link to a research paper titled “Why Don’t Housing Voucher Recipients Live Near Better Schools? Insight from Big Data.” While I haven’t gone through the entire paper, here’s a short excerpt from the abstract:
We find that families with vouchers are more likely to move toward a better school in the year before their oldest child meets the eligibility cutoff for kindergarten, suggesting salience matters. Further, the magnitude of the effect is larger in metropolitan areas with a relatively high share of affordable rental units located near high-performing schools and in neighborhoods in close proximity to higher-performing schools. Results suggest that, if given the appropriate information and opportunities, more voucher families would move to better schools when their children reach school age.
Read the entire paper here.