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.
A variety of government-subsidized programs provide affordable housing so that low income households can afford a decent place to live. Our research examines the availability of affordable housing, evaluates programs that encourage the production of affordable housing, and identifies the effects of subsidized housing on surrounding neighborhoods.
As the country grapples with a financial crisis and credit markets have tightened, issues of housing finance and foreclosures have moved to the forefront for policymakers, as well as for individual families and neighborhoods. Our research looks at the current and historic trends in mortgage lending, multi-family housing finance, the causes and consequences of foreclosure, and the effectiveness of foreclosure prevention programs.
Land use regulations affect the built environment, including the capacity for new growth, the provision of affordable housing, and quality of life measures, such as access to transportation and open space. We analyze the impact of land use regulations and regulatory choices, such as the designation of historic districts, on the amount, nature, and cost of housing.
Understanding patterns of neighborhood development and change is critically important for policymakers who wish to promote community development. We analyze the impacts of these changes on residential households, especially low-income renters, and local business decisions.