Stratification at the Starting Gate: Investigating Heterogeneous Neighborhood Effects on School Readiness by Race/Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status

Awarded Scholars:
Thalia Tom, University of Southern California
Project Date:
May 2023
Award Amount:

Neighborhoods have been shown to directly affect educational outcomes: residence in a disadvantaged neighborhood is negatively associated with high school graduation, an effect that is stronger for low-income students and students of color. However, little is known about how neighborhoods influence school readiness, as well as how effects may differ for minority or low-income children. Doctoral student in sociology Thalia Tom will examine the impact of neighborhood disadvantage on school readiness and how it varies by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. She will analyze data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), the PSID-Child Development Supplement, the Census, and the American Community Survey for her study.


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