The Incidence of Housing Voucher Generosity
Robert A. Collinson
New York University
April 19, 2016
Most housing voucher recipients live in low-quality neighborhoods. We study how changes in voucher generosity affect neighborhood poverty, unit-quality and rents using administrative data. We examine a policy making vouchers more generous across a metro area. This policy had no impact on neighborhood poverty, little impact on observed quality, and increased rents. A second policy, which indexed rent ceilings to neighborhood rents, led voucher recipients to move to higher quality neighborhoods with lower crime, poverty and unemployment. These results are consistent with a model where the first policy acts as an income effect and the second as a substitution effect.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: Incidence, Vouchers, Housing, Neighborhoods
JEL Classification: H22, H53, R21, R31
Date posted: April 24, 2013 ; Last revised: April 20, 2016
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