Aug
18

Individual-Level Studies of the Effects of Violence on the Academic Performance of Students

The majority of the current literature about the effects of violence exposure on school-age children has been research looking at individuals as the unit of analysis. These studies often use survey data, interviewing children or their parents about their exposure to violence and then using various individual-level measures to estimate its effects. My project differs…
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Aug
18

GIS Adventures, Part 2

In my last blog post, I discussed how I used ArcGIS to plot the locations of schools, crimes, and school attendance boundaries in the city of Philadelphia. The next step was to figure out ways to use GIS to create some measure of proximity between schools and crimes. I experimented with a number of different…
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Jul
30

GIS Adventures

For the past few months this summer, I’ve been spending a lot of time managing data and trying to get acquainted with ArcGIS, software which I will be using to plot the locations of violent crimes and the locations of schools and, ultimately, create a measure of neighborhood violence for each school. Processing data and…
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Jul
27

Readings on Neighborhood Effects

So far this summer, I’ve been working on two aspects of my thesis project – first, reading and searching for literature that relates to my topic; and second, beginning to gather and analyze my data. In this post, I want to talk about the books and articles I’ve been looking at and discuss some of…
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May
01

Learning in Harm’s Way: The Effect of Neighborhood Violence on School Performance

Hi everyone! My name is Lizzy Pelletier, and I’m a junior and double major in public policy and film studies at W&M. For my honors project, I will look at the relationship between a violence and school performance.