Violent crime & achievement in Chicago: Neighborhoods, peers, and schools

This dissertation tests hypotheses claiming that exposure to violence negatively impacts academic achievement through analyzing CPD crime data, CPS administrative records, and Consortium on Chicago School research surveys. Ultimately, the analysis finds that changes in violent crime in neighborhood crime and schools, respectively, have a small effect on academic performance. The concentration of students from violent neighborhoods in the same school, however, was found to have a negative impact on collective achievement. 

Julia Burdick-Will published this dissertation in 2012, as a PhD student in UChicago's Department of Sociology. Burdick-Will is now an Assistant Professor in Johns Hopkins University's sociology department. The full PDF is available here.