Low-income housing development and crime

  title={Low-income housing development and crime},
  author={M. Freedman and E. G. Owens},
  journal={Journal of Urban Economics},
  • M. Freedman, E. G. Owens
  • Published 2011
  • Economics
  • Journal of Urban Economics
  • This paper examines the effect of rental housing development subsidized by the federal government’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program on local crime. Under the LIHTC program, certain high-poverty census tracts receive Qualified Census Tract (QCT) status, which affects the size of the tax credits developers receive for building low-income housing. Changes in federal rules determining QCT status generate quasi-experimental variation in the location of LIHTC projects. Exploiting this… CONTINUE READING

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