Working Papers

Black Home Buying After the Crisis: Appreciation and Segregation Patterns in Fifteen Large Metropolitan Areas

A new working paper (here) from Professor Dan Immergluck, Stephanie Earl, and Allison Powell addresses the appreciation of homes purchased by African Americans in the wake of the U.S. mortgage crisis, and the segregation of African-American homebuying patterns. Using neighborhood-level home value data, they estimate the 2012 to 2017 appreciation rates of homes purchased by African-Americans in 15 large metropolitan areas. They also examine the racial composition of the neighborhoods where African Americans bought homes. The authors conclude with a set of policy recommendations, ranging from enforcing and strengthening consumer protection and fair lending policies to providing downpayment assistance and supporting community development financial institutions.

Locating the Urban University: Towards an International Dialogue on Policy and Practice

In this discussion paper, Jean-Paul Addie forwards a series of ideas and provocations to catalyze debate and discussion around the potential opportunities (and limitations) for universities and cities to work together on adaptive responses to the lived experience of the ‘urban age’. The paper examines the emergence of the modern ‘urban university’, assesses the new roles and responsibilities ascribed to universities in response to current urban transformations, and critiques academic and policy calls to mobilize universities as anchor institutions, urban economic drivers, and civic leaders to open space for new discourses and modes of urban praxis to emerge.