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The Link between Gentrification and Displacement and the Effects of Displacement on Residents in Los Angeles County

By Ashley Qiang

Over the past decades, gentrification has accelerated across the country. Along with this phenomenon comes growing concern about displacement, although limited research has been dedicated to examining gentrification’s impact on displacement. This paper studies the link between gentrification and displacement, as well as who is more likely to be displaced and the effects on the displaced. The results show that lower-income renters are significantly more likely to be displaced from gentrifying neighborhoods, and they tend to move to worse neighborhoods with lower education quality and higher crime rates.

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Advisor: Chis Timmins | JEL Codes: R1, R21, R23

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