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Student Research Seminar Series: Spotlight


Every Wednesday from tomorrow, May 5th until the end of the month of May, at 1:00 PM Eastern, multiple concurrent panels will be vying for your attention, during the Student Research Online Seminar Series. The panels will be spread across all the policy areas, and spoiler alert, they are all packed with top-notch research. 

Tomorrow, May 5th, at 1:00 PM, until 2:30 PM, in Zoom Room 6 (you have to register for free in order to get the link and attend), APPAM Past President Matt Stagner of Mathematica will be discussing four great papers from student across the US, in the Housing and Community Development policy area. 

Yoon-Jung Choi, of Syracuse University, looks at the context of intra-jurisdictional capitalization, property reassessment, and tax equity in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. As property assessors have target assessment-sales ratios, they implicitly have direct control over residents’ effective tax rates. The assessment process is modeled out to see how low-income and ethnic and racial minorities are affected differentially by reform. 

Andrew Alfred Sullivan, of the University of Kentucky, asks how intergovernmental grants to public school districts affect the identification of students experiencing homelessness. As unhoused students face barriers to academic success, districts’ identifying these students is the first step in removing barriers. The result is that if therefinds grants to not increase identification of students and potentially decrease academic outcomes, such as test scores, where a possible mechanism is the offsetting of revenue from local cities and counties.

Matthew Fowle, of the University of Washington, surveys and interviews low-income tenants in Washington state to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional vulnerability for already housing insecure households. The paper's findings are that power inequities between landlords and tenants have increased during the pandemic, even using the pandemic as an excuse to take advantage of tenants.

Jinhee Yun, of Cleveland State University, asks how housing insecurity relates to general and mental health in the short and medium term. As poverty drives housing insecurity, households often face a decision between securing housing and other expenses, such as healthcare. Findings show that housing insecurity is related to health decreases, both medium and long-term, even through the pandemic. 

To listen to the presenters and the discussant talk more about their research, and to even ask a question about these papers, register for free

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