Another “Opportunity Atlas” has been release by Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Nathaniel Hendren in conjunction with the Census Bureau’s Maggie R. Jones and Sonya R. Porter through Opportunity Insights, a partnership between economists at Harvard University and Brown University. The atlas is already being used by the Kresge Foundation to drive decision-making.
This opportunity atlas/index joins others crafted by the Kirwan Institute and the national Opportunity Index all driven by use of Census data. The difference with the Opportunity Atlas is that it attempts to make future predictions based on the available Census data.
From the CityLab article:
The earlier a child moves to an above-average neighborhood, the greater the gain. On average, a family that moves from a neighborhood that has below-average opportunity to one that’s above-average at the time of a child’s birth can increase that child’s lifetime earnings as an adult by $200,000, and dramatically decreases the likelihood of incarceration, according to the new research. That’s $9,000 more per year than someone who moves in their 20s.