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Examining policies to reduce homelessness using a general equilibrium model of the housing market

  • Mansur, Erin T.
  • Quigley, John M.
  • Raphael, Steven
  • Smolensky, Eugene

In this paper, we use a general equilibrium simulation model to assess the potential impacts on homelessness of various housing-market policy interventions. We calibrate the model to the four largest metropolitan areas in California. We explore the welfare con- sequences and the effects on homelessness of three housing-market policy interventions: extending housing vouchers to all low-income households, subsidizing all landlords, and subsidizing those landlords who supply low-income housing. Our results suggest that a very large fraction of homelessness can be eliminated through increased reliance upon well-known housing subsidy policies.

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Volume (Year): 52 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
Pages: 316-340

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