How Do Changes In Housing Voucher Design Affect Rent and Neighborhood Quality?

Citation:

Collinson R, Ganong P. How Do Changes In Housing Voucher Design Affect Rent and Neighborhood Quality?. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 2017. Copy at http://j.mp/2oXT1Zd
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Abstract:

U.S. housing voucher holders pay their landlord a fraction of household income and the government pays the rest, up to a rent ceiling. We study how two types of changes to the rent ceiling affect landlords and tenants. A policy that makes vouchers more generous across a metro area benefits landlords through increased rents, with minimal impact on neighborhood and unit quality. A second policy that indexes rent ceilings to neighborhood rents leads voucher holders to move to higher-quality neighborhoods with lower crime, poverty and unemployment.

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