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Moving Can Help Families Rise From Poverty, Study Finds

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A job seeker at a job fair in Concord, California.
A job seeker at a job fair in Concord, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Poor families who moved into areas with more opportunity greatly increased their kids’ chances of escaping poverty, according to a new Harvard University study. The report found many success stories among those families that moved to areas with higher test scores, a high level of civic engagement and income diversity. Contra Costa County is one such area in the Bay Area. We talk about the study and what it means for those struggling to get out from poverty.


Nathaniel Hendren, assistant professor of economics at Harvard University and co-author of the new study

David Grusky, professor of sociology and director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality

Tracey Rattray, director, Community Wellness and Prevention Program


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