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

58 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2013 Last revised: 16 Feb 2018

Robert Collinson

New York University (NYU) - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service,

Peter Ganong

University of Chicago

Date Written: June 30, 2017

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 in higher-quality neighborhoods with lower crime, poverty and unemployment.

Keywords: Incidence, Vouchers, Housing, Neighborhoods

JEL Classification: H22, H53, R21, R31

Suggested Citation

Collinson, Robert and Ganong, Peter, How Do Changes In Housing Voucher Design Affect Rent and Neighborhood Quality? (June 30, 2017). Kreisman Working Papers Series in Housing Law and Policy No. 48. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2255799 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2255799

Robert Collinson

New York University (NYU) - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, ( email )

NY
United States

Peter Ganong (Contact Author)

University of Chicago ( email )

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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