A new study out in the American Sociological Review shows that growing up in a poor neighborhood significantly reduces the chances that a child will graduate from high school, with black children faring the worst of all. Researchers from the University of Michigan tracked 2,100 children from age 1 to age 17 and found that children growing up in neighborhoods with high levels of poverty and unemployment are much less likely to graduate from high school. Further, black children are seven times more likely than other children to grow up in poor neighborhoods, putting them at the biggest disadvantage. In fact, only 76 percent of black children who grow up in poor neighborhoods graduate high school compared to 95 percent of black children who grow up in affluent neighborhoods. Most previous research on the subject has only taken a snapshot of such "neighborhood effects" while this study really looks at the long-term longitudinal effects. Read more
about the study and what the researchers found.