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Landlords and access to opportunity

Dionissi Aliprantis, Hal Martin and David Phillips ()

Journal of Urban Economics, 2022, vol. 129, issue C

Abstract: A family can use a housing voucher to move to opportunity only if a landlord in an opportunity neighborhood accepts the voucher. Most landlords in opportunity neighborhoods, though, avoid voucher tenants. We examine a policy change that increases voucher rental payment limits only in high-rent neighborhoods. While the policy induces some new voucher holders to move into high-rent neighborhoods, most landlords do not change their screening behavior in response to the policy. Those landlords who do respond are few and operate at a surprisingly small scale. A sustainable policy of moving to opportunity requires more direct engagement with landlords.

Keywords: Landlord; Opportunity neighborhood; Housing choice voucher; Mobility; Small area fair market rent (SAFMR) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H30 I38 J15 R21 R23 R31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2021.103420

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