This paper describes tradeoffs in child welfare policy and provides background on the latest trends in foster care practice to highlight areas most in need of rigorous evidence, including efforts to prevent foster care on the demand side and to improve foster home recruitment on the supply side.
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Economics of Foster CareApr 04, 2022
Is There a Foster Care-To-Prison Pipeline? Evidence from Quasi-Randomly Assigned InvestigatorsApr 01, 2022
Foster care placement is strongly associated with crime—for example, close to one fifth of the prison population in the United States is comprised of former foster children—yet there is little evidence on whether this relationship is causal.
Using Promotion Power to Identify the Effectiveness of Public High Schools in the District of ColumbiaSep 01, 2021
This study estimated the promotion power of public high schools in the District of Columbia.
The Effect of Course Shutouts on Community College Students: Evidence from Waitlist CutoffsJul 01, 2021
We provide the first causal evidence on the impacts of limited course availability at a community college. We find that students stuck on a waitlist and shut out of a course section were 22–28 percent more likely to take zero courses that term.
Temporary Stays and Persistent Gains: The Causal Effects of Foster CareMar 24, 2021
We estimate the effects of foster care on children’s outcomes by exploiting the quasi-random assignment of child welfare investigators in Michigan. We find that foster care improved children’s safety and educational outcomes.