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Child Support Receipt, Moves, and School Changes

Prior research unambiguously finds that frequent moving is associated with poor health and developmental outcomes for children. What is less clear, however, is if these negative outcomes are due to the disruption of moving, family difficulties associated with both frequent moving and poor child outcomes, school changes or a combination of factors. This report uses geocoded address records to measure the distance of moves, appending external data on school district to detect whether a resulting move triggered a change in a child’s assigned school. The analysis examines the relationship between child support regularity and non-promotional school moves controlling for family characteristics, household earnings and program participation.


Child Development & Well-Being, Child Support, Child Support Policy Research, Children, Neighborhood Effects, Orders & Payments, Place