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A Decent Home: Housing Policy in Perspective

  • Quigley, John M.

This paper provides a selective review of two aspects of urban policy in the U.S. -- federal policy providing housing subsidies for lower income households, and federal support for urban redevelopment and physical renewal. The paper reviews four periods in the history of American housing policy, indicating the major equity and efficiency issues in delivering housing services, the factors affecting program costs, and the development of more effective programs. The paper also traces urban development policy from the urban renewal partnership sponsored by the 1949 Housing Act to the present, indicating the linkage between theories of intergovernmental fiscal relations and the evolution of programs. The analysis is mostly an exercise in positive economics, explicating the development of policies, their economic rationale, and economic consequences. However, inevitably, there is some attention paid to the normative aspects of these programs.

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Paper provided by Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy in its series Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy, Working Paper Series with number qt8f57x42q.

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Date of creation: 03 Apr 2002
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:bphupl:qt8f57x42q
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  1. John M. Quigley & Katherine M. O'Regan, 1998. "Accessibility and Economic Opportunity," Yale School of Management Working Papers ysm100, Yale School of Management.
  2. Richard A. Musgrave, 1961. "Approaches to a Fiscal Theory of Political Federalism," NBER Chapters, in: Public Finances: Needs, Sources, and Utilization, pages 97-134 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Susin, Scott, 1999. "Rent Vouchers and the Price of Low-Income Housing," Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy, Working Paper Series qt67d5x29s, Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy.
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