Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis | October 3-4, 2019 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fall 2019 Institute Conference



Expanding and Diversifying Housing: Approaches and Impacts on Opportunity

This conference—co-sponsored with the Brookings Institution’s Future of the Middle Class Initiative—will bring together a broad audience of academics, policymakers at all levels, and practitioners for the following discussions:

  • How can the amount and type of new housing affect local housing prices?
  • How do the amount and types of housing available in different communities affect economic opportunity for residents?
  • What are the benefits of building rigorous evaluation into housing policy changes, and what are examples of successful research partnerships that do this?
  • How do major local housing policy changes arise, and what are the likely next developments?


Agenda

Thursday, October 3

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Welcome and introductions
1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Opening panel: What do we know about the role of housing regulations in local housing prices?

One 30-minute introductory presenter will provide the big picture, followed by 10-minute presentations of specific research evidence. Moderated discussion to follow.

Confirmed panelists: Ingrid Gould Ellen (NYU); Robert Ellickson (Yale); Evan Mast (Upjohn Institute); Tsur Somerville (University of British Columbia). Moderator: Jed Kolko (Indeed)

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Panel: The political economy of expanding housing supply through zoning changes

Policymakers will discuss their locality’s experience debating and enacting major zoning changes to increase housing access.

Confirmed panelists: Lisa Bender (Minneapolis City Council), Madeline Kovacs (Sightline, Oregon), Robert Duffy (Arlington Virginia Planning Department). Moderator: Jenny Schuetz (Brookings)

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Keynote: Lawrence Lanahan, journalist and author,
The Lines Between Us

Friday, October 4

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Panel: Impacts of housing access on individual and community outcomes

One 30-minute introductory presenter will provide the big picture, followed by 10-minute presentations of specific research evidence. Moderated discussion to follow.

Confirmed panelists: Marcus Casey (UIC, Brookings); Morris Davis (Rutgers) Sandra Newman (Johns Hopkins); Susan Wachter (Wharton). Moderator: Issi Romem (Trulia)

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel: Nuts and bolts of research partnerships: Evaluating impacts of housing policies

Teams of researchers and practitioners tell a detailed story of how the research partnership developed and functioned.

Confirmed panelists: Christoper Palmer (MIT), Sarah Oppenheimer (Seattle/King County Housing Authority), David Phillips (University of Notre Dame LEO), Ky Le (Santa Clara County). Moderator Anusha Nath (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

12:00 p.m.
Discussion: Next steps in local housing policy

Moderated discussion between Richard Reeves (Brookings) and Neel Kashkari (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis).

1:00 p.m.
Conference adjourns

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The Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute and Brookings Institution’s Future of the Middle Class Initiative gratefully acknowledge support from the Minneapolis Fed’s Community Development department.