FIXING

AMERICA'S

HOUSING

PROBLEM

America has a housing affordability problem. About half of renting households spend more than 30% of their income on housing. High housing costs in the nation’s most productive regions deter some workers from pursuing their best job opportunities. Economists find that local restrictions have staggering effects, including:

  • Burdening household budgets
  • Reducing economic growth and average workers’ wages by thousands of dollars annually 
  • Limiting income mobility. 

The good news is that the Biden administration and 117th Congress have an opportunity to provide leadership on housing policy reforms that could encourage localities to adopt policies to open up cities to more housing at more affordable prices, along with targeted subsidies for the lowest-income households.

Download our new guide that explains how federal policymakers can make a difference.

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EMILY HAMILTON

Emily Hamilton is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her research focuses on urban economics and land-use policy. Hamilton has authored numerous academic articles and policy papers, and her writing has appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times.

Are you a member of the media looking to speak to Emily Hamilton about her research? Please email us at media@mercatus.org.

America has a housing affordability problem. About half of renting households spend more than 30% of their income on housing. High housing costs in the nation’s most productive regions deter some workers from pursuing their best job opportunities. Economists find that local restrictions have staggering effects on:

  • Burdening household budgets
  • Reducing economic growth and average workers’ wages by thousands of dollars annually 
  • Limiting income mobility. 

The good news is that the Biden administration and 117th Congress have an opportunity to provide leadership on housing policy reforms that could encourage localities to adopt policies to open up cities to more housing at more affordable prices, along with targeted subsidies for the lowest-income households.

Download our new guide that explains how federal policymakers can make a difference.

America has a housing affordability problem. About half of renting households spend more than 30% of their income on housing. High housing costs in the nation’s most productive regions deter some workers from pursuing their best job opportunities. Economists find that local restrictions have staggering effects, including:

  • Burdening household budgets
  • Reducing economic growth and average workers’ wages by thousands of dollars annually 
  • Limiting income mobility. 

The good news is that the Biden administration and 117th Congress have an opportunity to provide leadership on housing policy reforms that could encourage localities to adopt policies to open up cities to more housing at more affordable prices, along with targeted subsidies for the lowest-income households.

Download our new guide that explains how federal policymakers can make a difference.

MORE ABOUT
EMILY HAMILTON