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dc.contributor.authorBieri, David S.
dc.contributor.authorDawkins, Casey J.
dc.description.abstractAgainst the background of an emerging rental affordability crisis, we examine how the standard rule that households should not spend more than 30% of their income on housing expenditures leads to inefficiencies in the context of federal low-income housing policy. We quantify how the current practice of locally indexing individual rent subsidies in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program regardless of quality-of-life conditions implicitly incentivizes recipients to live in high-amenity areas. We also assess a novel scenario for housing policy reform that adjusts subsidies by the amenity expenditures of low-income households, permitting national HCV program coverage to increase. © 2018 The Authors. Journal of Regional Science published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.en_US
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Inc.
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.subjectamenity expenditures
dc.subjecthousing affordability
dc.subjecthousing choice vouchers
dc.subjectlocational efficiency
dc.subjectquality of life
dc.titleAmenities, affordability, and housing vouchersen_US
dc.typeArticle - Refereed
dc.description.notes1School of Public & International Affairs, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 2Department of Economics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 3Global Forum on Urban & Regional Resilience, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 4School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 5National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland Correspondence David S. Bieri, School of Public & International Affairs, Virginia Tech, 140 Otey St., Blacksburg, VA 24601-0113. Email: We are grateful to the editor, Ed Coulson, and two anonymous referees for detailed guidance and valuable comments on earlier drafts of this paper. Several colleagues have provided helpful input on this research, including, without implicating, Lan Deng, Jonathan Levine, Kirk McClure, and participants at seminar and conference presentations at the Annual Meetings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the Regional Science Association International, the Urban Affairs Associations, and the Urban Economics Association. We thank Natalia Kolesnikova for providing us with MSA-level return to education estimates. An earlier version of this paper circulated under the title “Housing Affordability with Local Wage and Price Variation.” Bieri also acknowledges financial support from the University of Michigan'sGra-ham Institute on Environmental Sustainability. The usual disclaimers apply.
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