Book Review of Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2).
Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Volume 27, Number 2, 2018
12 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2018
Date Written: June 18, 2018
This is a review of Evidence and Innovation in Housing Policy, edited by Professors Lee Anne Fennell of the University of Chicago Law School and Benjamin Keys of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press. The volume contains thirteen essays by scholars from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Early chapters concentrate on how land use regulations, including historic preservation, constrain new development, reduce supply, and drive up housing costs. The book then shifts to focus on community formation in relationship to both the individual home and urban redevelopment more broadly. Later chapters examine the relationship between housing and personal wealth, as well as the roles that financial regulation and access to credit play in this regard. Concern for housing affordability runs throughout most of the essays. This review, written for the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, briefly summarizes each of the thirteen chapters, before highlighting a few themes that run across the volume.
Keywords: affordable housing, land use law, urban policy, historic preservation, gentrification, mortgage finance, home ownership
JEL Classification: H31, K11, R14, R21, R30, R52
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