Jeffrey Zabel
TUFTS UNIVERSITY. Professor of Economics. Research interests include housing economics, the valuation of environmental goods, the economics of brownfields, the economics of education, and welfare analysis.

What Can Policy Do to Make Housing More Affordable? (VIDEO)

October 16, 2019
This conversation was recorded on August 1, 2019.

Concerns over whether children will be able to live in their parents' hometowns or whether renters are being displaced by gentrification are prevalent in large coastal cities. Zoning restrictions, such as minimum lot sizes, tend to be set at the city and town level.

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Is Homeownership a Good Way to Build Wealth? (VIDEO)

September 12, 2019
This conversation was recorded on August 1, 2019.

Those who bought homes in the 1980s and 90s experienced significant gains in wealth. But for families who purchased a home in the years before the 2008 recession, especially those with low income, homeownership did not contribute to wealth accumulation. Jeffrey

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Do Low-Income Families Build Wealth Through Homeownership?

April 9, 2019

The Issue:

The Federal Government promotes homeownership as a way to achieve the American Dream. One of the justifications for this long-standing policy is the belief that buying a house provides one of the few avenues for low-income families to accumulate wealth. The downturn in the housing market and the rise

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Are We Seeing a New Housing Bubble?

June 27, 2018

The Issue:

The United States experienced a large run-up in house prices in the first half of the 2000’s which was followed by a dramatic fall in the second half of that decade. The fall led to a sharp drop in wealth for American households and had broad implications for the stability of many of the country's financial ...
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