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Rethinking Federal Housing Policy: How to Make Housing Plentiful and Affordable Paperback – December 16, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Aei Press (December 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844742732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844742731
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edward L. Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Joseph Gyourko is the Martin Bucksbaum Professor of Real Estate and Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard. He is widely regarded as one of the most innovative thinkers around and when not teaching has spent his professional life walking around and thinking about cities.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cornholio on May 5, 2011
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I checked this book out because a professor had mentioned Mr. Glaeser's research before and I needed to write a paper on housing. Not only was I impressed with the two authors' recommendations, I learned more about housing in the first chapter than I had when consulting so many other (lengthier) sources. The writing is excellent and Mr. Glaeser and Mr. Gyourko's style makes what would otherwise be a bore, an interesting and thought provoking read. So yes... buy this book. I did, and on a grad-student budget that is saying a lot.
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By W. Howden on March 12, 2013
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The reason to buy: lots and lots of data on housing costs in various locales. What is missing is an objective discussion of the main factors in the cost of housing: population density and the price of land. Why is it that economists never discuss population? Instead, the authors identify the key underlying issue affecting affordability in expensive markets as "inefficiently low housing production." It appears that the author equates affordable rabbit hutch housing with a reasonable solution for expensive markets. The unfortunate thing is that policy makers often act on the basis of what economists write. One wonders about the incentives provided for such writing.
With regard to objectivity, the authors' outrageous statement with regard to local governments making land-use decisions and the proper role of the federal government in that regard reveals their statist bias. At least they are up front about their sponsors' agenda.
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