Author(s)/Creator(s)

Amy D. Crews, Syracuse University

Document Type

Working Paper

Date

4-1996

Language

English

Series

Metropolitan Studies Program Series

Acknowledgements

Without implication, the author wishes to thank Edgar O. Olsen, Steve Stern, Richard Burkhauser, Dirk Early, James R. Follain, John Goodman, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, and Michael Wasylenko for their suggestions on earlier drafts.

Disciplines

Economic Policy | Economics | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy

Description/Abstract

The primary goals of the 1937 Housing Act were to provide safe and sanitary housing and to reduce crowding for low-income households. During the nearly 60 years since, the effective goals have expanded to include lowering housing costs, and by extension, to increasing nonhousing consumption. This paper examines the effect these programs have had on the overall consumption behavior of participants. Using data from the 1987 American Housing Survey (AHS), the results indicate that federal housing programs have little effect on the housing consumption of participants (4.4 percent increase), but an enormous effect on their nonhousing consumption (141 percent increase). Furthermore, the assistance seems to lower the housing consumption of 42 percent of participating households. Finally, substituting cash subsidies for in-kind housing assistance will provide more housing consumption, but with smaller nonhousing consumption, than the current (primarily in-kind) system.

ISSN

0732 507X

Additional Information

Metropolitan studies program series occasional paper no.178

Source

Local Input

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