Jens Ludwig: Move to Less Impoverished Neighborhoods Boosts Physical and Mental Health

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 20, 2012

UChicago Press Release, (September 20, 2012)
Lead author Jens Ludwig, the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law and Public Policy, researchers at the University of Chicago, and partners at other institutions have found that moving from a high-poverty to lower-poverty neighborhood spurs long-term gains in the physical and mental health of low-income adults, as well as a substantial increase in their happiness, despite not improving economic self-sufficiency, according to their new study published in the September 20 issue of Science.