Schneider will study how housing and income support policies reduce or prevent child maltreatment, particularly child neglect, among families facing economic hardship. Schneider will link individuals from Illinois administrative child welfare data to data from the Chicago sites of three rigorous employment and housing experiments: Employment Retention and Advancement Project (2002-2004); Jobs Plus (2015-2018); and Moving to Opportunity (1994-1996). For each of the three interventions, Schneider will leverage the experimental nature of the data to estimate causal effects on child neglect, and child maltreatment overall, as well as effects by marital status and child age. With training in social work and developmental psychology, Schneider will extend his methodological expertise and develop new policy communication skills by working closely with mentors Pamela Morris, Professor of Applied Psychology at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, and Lisa Gennetian, Pritzker Associate Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Can housing and income support policies reduce or prevent child maltreatment, particularly child neglect, among families facing economic hardship?