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Virtual Seminar | The Dynamic Allocation of Public Housing: Policy and Spillovers
Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
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AREUEA invites you to a virtual seminar.

Date: Wednesday November 15th at 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Speaker:  Kwok Hao Lee (National University of Singapore)

Paper Title: “Public Housing at Scale: Dynamics, Policies, and Spillovers”

Abstract: We consider the design of a large-scale public housing program where consumers face dynamic tradeoffs over apartments rationed via lotteries and prices. We show, theoretically and empirically, that changing rules complements increasing supply. First, we present a motivating example in which supplying more housing leads households to strategically delay their applications. By waiting for “better” developments arriving tomorrow, households forgo mediocre developments available today, resulting in more vacancies. Turning to the data from the mechanism, we formulate a dynamic choice model over housing lotteries and estimate it. Under the existing mechanism, we find that increasing supply fails to lower wait times. However, when a strategyproof mechanism is implemented, vacancies and wait times fall, but prices on the secondary market rise. Under this new mechanism, building more apartments lowers wait times and reduces the upward pricing pressure on the secondary market.

Paper Link: Public Housing at Scale: Dynamics, Policies, and Spillovers (kwokhao.io)

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZXhVRR6HSmynlAY_pN3ezw#/registration

Contact: David Low | [email protected]