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Our Research

The Furman Center’s research examines the impact land use regulations, real estate development, and other public and private place-based investments have on the affordability and character of neighborhoods. We take an interdisciplinary approach, applying policy and legal analyses, as well as econometric techniques, to study critical current issues. Our current research focuses on four broad categories, which you can browse below for the latest information on our projects, publications and research teams.

We also collaborate with a number of distinguished research and academic organizations. For example, the Furman Center, together with NYU’s Institute for Education Policy, the University of Connecticut, Indiana University, and Northwestern University, was recently awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant to study the impact of housing instability on children’s performance in school. Some of our projects are also done in coordination with the What Works Collaborative, a foundation-sponsored partnership of several research organizations.