The Effect on Program Participation of Replacing Current Low-Income Housing Programs with an Entitlement Housing Voucher Program
AbstractThis paper estimates the effect on participation rates of families of various types of replacing HUD’s largest low-income housing programs with alternative tenure-neutral entitlement housing voucher programs that differ in their taxpayer cost and the relative generosity of the subsidy to households of different types. The estimates of participation in the entitlement programs are based primarily on the five-percent household sample from the 2000 Decennial Census and participation experience in the only entitlement housing assistance programs that have been operated in the United States. HUD’s administrative records provide data on current recipients of low-income housing assistance. The paper explores the sensitivity of the results to the equations used to predict participation. The results indicate that even the entitlement housing voucher program that costs 10 percent less than the current system would serve 50 percent more households in total and many more of each type – white, black, and Hispanic; elderly and nonelderly; families living in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; small, medium, and large families; and households in the first two real income deciles.
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Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Low-income housing assistance; housing vouchers; welfare reform two-sided markets; junk mail; email; telemarketing; Do Not Call List; message pricing; the Medium is the Message; market research. Classification-H53; I38; R00;
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- I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
- R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-02-19 (All new papers)
- NEP-CIS-2011-02-19 (Confederation of Independent States)
- NEP-URE-2011-02-19 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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"Housing Programs for Low-Income Households,"
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in: Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, pages 365-442
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- Edgar O. Olsen & Dirk W. Early & Paul E. Carrillo, 2010. "A Panel of Price Indices for Housing, Other Goods, and All Goods for All Areas in the United States 1982-2008," Virginia Economics Online Papers, University of Virginia, Department of Economics 377, University of Virginia, Department of Economics.
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