Our mission is to identify the mechanisms and policies that create thriving communities and cities and improve the lives of all residents.
The Urban, Housing and Society Lab will investigate how geography, labor markets and public policies affect families' economic lives and inequality. The lab will bring together a variety of collaborators from academia, industry and government.
We combine administrative data from the public and private sectors with statistical and economic tools to improve the productivity and quality of life of all types of communities and their residents. One focus will be to establish a community of multidisciplinary researchers and students to facilitate the exchange of ideas and support research in these areas. Strategy and Research
The lab will bring many unique data sources from the public and private sectors to address key policy issues facing cities today. Topics covered include affordable housing policies, location-based policies, spatial inequality, local public finance, and local labor economics.
Our analysis combines procedural evaluation and simplified form techniques with structural modeling and estimation. This two-pronged approach allows us to use credible and transparent research designs to answer complex questions, such as the equilibrating effects of government policies and the distributional effects of many different types of cities and households.