Author: Sharon Barnhardt

Moving to Opportunity or Isolation – Network Effects of a Slum Relocation Program in India

Moving to Opportunity or Isolation – Network Effects of a Slum Relocation Program in India

A housing lottery in a large Indian city provided 110 out of 497 participants the opportunity to move out of a slum and into improved housing on the city's periphery. Fourteen years after housing assignment, relative to lottery losers, winners report better housing conditions farther from the city center, but no change in family income or human capital. Winners also state increased isolation from family and caste networks and lower access to informal insurance. More info →