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.

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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