Mixed-Income Housing: Unanswered Questions

22 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 1999

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Alex Schwartz

The New School - Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy

Kian Tajbakhsh

Columbia University


Mixed-income housing represents the current direction of U.S. housing policy, but little is actually known about its social benefits, its costs, and the preconditions for its viability. Until these key questions are answered, advocacy of mixed-income housing will be based largely on faith and on dissatisfaction with the previous thrust of housing policy. This article examines various types of mixed-income housing and develops a simple analytic framework for exploring critical questions about it. The feasibility of mixed-income housing is shaped by local housing market conditions and by the physical and demographic characteristics of individual housing developments. The article also reviews the literature regarding the key questions and frames a research agenda.

JEL Classification: H50, R58

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Alex and Tajbakhsh, Kian, Mixed-Income Housing: Unanswered Questions. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=157188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.157188

Alex Schwartz (Contact Author)

The New School - Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Kian Tajbakhsh

Columbia University ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

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