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Title: THE URBAN POOR IN SINGAPORE: EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES AND ASPIRATIONS
Authors: THAM KAH JUN GREGORY
Keywords: Neighborhood effect
spatial stratification
Issue Date: 5-Nov-2018
Citation: THAM KAH JUN GREGORY (2018-11-05). THE URBAN POOR IN SINGAPORE: EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES AND ASPIRATIONS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Although the consequences of spatial segregation along socioeconomic lines have been widely documented, they have not been studied in Singapore. Using a novel dataset, this paper studies the impact of segregation on the educational outcomes and aspirations for children. I exploit the exogenous assignment of rental flat tenants to mitigate selection bias and find that children living in more segregated areas have significantly lower educational aspirations. Living in a more segregated area reduces the probability that the child aspires to higher education by 17.5% points, which is substantial relative to the baseline of 85%, after controlling for family and individual characteristics. The finding is robust to different model specifications, estimation method, and sample. It also performs relatively well to robustness checks for systematic bias.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/152101
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