U.S. Housing Policy Jun 02, 2015 By Edgar O. OlsenJeff ZabelGiles DurantonJ. Vernon HendersonWilliam Strange (Eds.) U.S. Housing Policy U.S. Housing Policy Governments throughout the world intervene heavily in housing markets, and most have multiple policies to pursue multiple goals. This chapter deals with two of the largest types of housing policies in the United States, namely, low-income rental assistance and policies to promote homeownership through interventions in mortgage markets. We describe the rationales for the policies, the nature of the largest programs involved, the empirical evidence on their effects, and the data and methods used to obtain them. Because the U.S. government uses such a wide range of policies of these types, this evidence has lessons for housing policy in other countries. Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics Edgar O. Olsen Ed Olsen is a professor of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he served as chairman of the Department of Economics, and a professor of public policy in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Read full bio Jeff Zabel Giles Duranton J. Vernon Henderson William Strange (Eds.) Related Content Edgar O. Olsen Racial Rent Differences in U.S. Housing Markets Research Alleviating Poverty through Housing Policy Reform Research The purpose of this paper is to describe proposals for reform of low-income housing assistance that will alleviate poverty without increasing public spending. Low-income housing assistance is fertile ground for such reforms.