Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

January 6, 2016

Housing Policy and Economic Mobility

By David Reiss

                Pamela Blumenthal and John McGinty of the Urban Institute have written an interesting research report, Housing Policy Levers to Promote Economic Mobility. I generally believe that housing policy should be designed to assist … Continue reading

July 15, 2015

Strange Love for Homeowner Tax Rates

By David Reiss

With a nod to Dr. Strangelove, David Hasen has posted a scary little thought experiment, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love our Homeowner Tax Rules on SSRN. The essay “estimates the magnitude of life-cycle tax benefits available from home ownership for … Continue reading

March 19, 2015

Tax Expenditure Wars: Wealthy Households v. Poor

By David Reiss

Henry Rose has posted How Federal Tax Expenditures That Support Housing Contribute to Economic Inequality to SSRN. This short article examines “how federal income tax laws benefit more affluent owner households but provide no benefits to economically-strapped renter households.” (1) Housing … Continue reading

February 25, 2015

Wednesday’s Academic Roundup

By Shea Cunningham

Regulation and Liability of Credit Rating Agencies – A More Efficient European Law?, by Thomas M.J. Mollers & Charis Niedorf, ECRF 2014, 333-363. How Federal Tax Expenditures that Support Housing Contribute to Economic Inequality, by Henry Rose, Loyola University Chicago … Continue reading

January 28, 2015

Who Benefits from the Low Income Housing Tax Credit?

By David Reiss

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has released a report, Understanding  Whom  the  LIHTC  Program  Serves: Tenants  in  LIHTC  Units  as  of  December  31,  2012. By way of background, The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program provides tax credits … Continue reading

January 24, 2014

Preserving Low-Income Housing

By David Reiss

NYC Mayor De Blasio announced an aggressive goal of producing and preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next ten years. New York City will need to be as creative as possible to achieve this goal and will need … Continue reading

January 10, 2014

Tax Incentives for Sustainable Homeownership

By David Reiss

Harris, Steuerle and Eng have published New Perspectives on Homeownership Tax Incentives in Tax Notes. The report presents three tax reforms designed to promote homeownership that are fundamentally different from earlier proposals. Many of those earlier proposals would convert existing … Continue reading