Krista J. Ruffini

University of California at Berkeley
Goldman School of Public Policy
2607 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

September 2019Reducing and Preventing Homelessness: A Review of the Evidence and Charting a Research Agenda
with William N. Evans, David C. Philips: w26232
Homelessness may be both a cause of and one of the more extreme outcomes of poverty. Governments at all levels have a variety of tools to combat homelessness, and these strategies have changed dramatically over the past quarter century. In this paper, we catalog the policy responses, the existing literature on the effectiveness of these strategies, and the major gaps that need to be addressed in future research. We focus on studies from randomized controlled trial evaluations and the best quasi-experimental designs, and discuss outstanding questions that can be addressed with these same methods.
September 2018School Nutrition and Student Discipline: Effects of Schoolwide Free Meals
with Nora E. Gordon: w24986
Under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), schools serving sufficiently high-poverty populations may enroll their entire student bodies in free lunch and breakfast programs, extending free meals to some students who would not qualify individually and potentially decreasing the stigma associated with free meals. We examine whether CEP affects disciplinary outcomes, focusing on the use of suspensions. We use school discipline measures from the Civil Rights Data Collection and rely on the timing of pilot implementation of CEP across states to assess how disciplinary infractions evolve within a school as it adopts CEP. We find modest reductions in suspension rates among elementary and middle but not high school students. While we are unable to observe how the expansion of free school mea...

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