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It’s widely acknowledged that individual-level factors such as income, educational attainment, and even health status have important implications for a person’s economic well-being. As a result, social services and public policies often focus on interventions that provide individual supports, such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program or the Earned Income Tax Credit. However, we also know that people are deeply influenced by the places in which they live and work. To have better educational outcomes at the individual level, we need to have better schools in our neighborhoods.
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