1/20: NEC/SGE w/Robert Lerman Urban Institute & American University

  • 20 Jan 2011
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW Washington DC


  • Members of SGE, NABE and certain other groups

Registration is closed

Robert Lerman

Urban Institute

American University

“Strengthening the Economy by Expanding Housing Demand Equitably and Efficiently”

Battered home prices and weak demand for owner-occupied housing continue to act as a major drag on the U.S. economy.  Job and output losses have been concentrated in the construction industry; depressed home prices continue to expose banks and taxpayers to massive obligations; and healthy recoveries have nearly always involved an expanding housing sector.  In this talk, Mr. Lerman will propose a plan that calls to create 1 million home ownership vouchers patterned after the section 8 rent voucher program.  He will further attempt to explain and justify why this approach can significantly expand the demand for owner-occupied housing in ways far more equitable and far less costly than recent policies.  Various program design options will be considered, as well as the likely positive feedback on the economy. 

Note:  Registration is open through Wednesday, 1-19-11.  Anyone desiring to attend after this date will just walk in at the door, but cannot be guaranteed the lunch will be available.  (Please wait to check in until all prepaid or reserved people have checked in for seating)

Press:  Please email :info@national-economists.org with your attendance status and the date of attendance. It will be assumed that lunch is NOT requested.   If lunch is requested, please contact me in advance, prior to the date of the event, for registration and payment instructions.

Credit Card payment is non refundable but you may substitute someone in your place for attendance.