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    Financial innovation in mortgage products spurred the rapid increase in credit and house price growth during the last housing boom

Financial innovation in mortgage products spurred the rapid increase in credit and house price growth during the last housing boom

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Ahead of the global financial crisis of 2007-08, house sales and prices boomed. In new research, Lindsay Relihan and coauthors examine whether this boom was the cause or result of the large increase in take-up of non-traditional mortgage products around the same time. Comparing house prices and the use of alternative mortgage products in housing markets across the US, […]

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    Local and state governments lobby the feds much more than you might think

Local and state governments lobby the feds much more than you might think

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Lobbying has become a part of American political life, with lobbyists usually representing business and trade associations, unions and membership groups. But, writes Jennifer M. Jensen, state and local governments can be lobbyists too. These groups often use their own employees – and not professional lobbyists – which means that their efforts go largely uncounted. With hundreds of billions […]

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    Nebraska’s experience shows that regional collaboration is key to creating efficient, cost effective, and equitable mobility management programs

Nebraska’s experience shows that regional collaboration is key to creating efficient, cost effective, and equitable mobility management programs

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In large states with relatively low populations, like Nebraska, getting people who do not have access to a car from A to B can be very challenging. Morgan D. Vogel and Robert Blair look at the role of mobility management programs in connecting people with different transport needs across large distances. They write that public-private partnerships can be an […]

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    Book Review: Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation by Abigail Fisher Williamson

Book Review: Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation by Abigail Fisher Williamson

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In Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation, Abigail Fisher Williamson presents a panorama of local US policymaking, showing variation among numerous localities in their response to growing immigrant populations in new destinations. The book offers an in-depth and well-structured look at the dynamics of local politics and local immigrant policies, writes M. Utku Gungor.

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    Local sales taxes may be the answer for local governments in need of additional money to pay for increasing transportation costs.

Local sales taxes may be the answer for local governments in need of additional money to pay for increasing transportation costs.

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America’s infrastructure is frequently said to be in a sorry state, and the nation’s roads are no exception. Whitney Afonso points out that local governments are responsible for 3/4 of the country’s roadway miles. She argues that one way that counties and cities can fund road improvements is via introducing or increasing local sales taxes. There is good evidence, […]

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    How a type of local government you may have never heard of may be costing you a bit more.

How a type of local government you may have never heard of may be costing you a bit more.

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Special districts are one of the most common forms of local government in the US. Aimed at tackling a specific issue in a certain area, these districts can often overlap with city and county governments. In new research Christopher Goodman looks at whether this overlap can mean an over-provision of public employees. He finds that while this overlap can […]

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    American cities with rail transit are more likely to attract well-educated young people to live centrally

American cities with rail transit are more likely to attract well-educated young people to live centrally

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How do you get from A to B every day? For many Americans, the answer to that question is some form of public transport. In new research Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf examines how transit provision can influence the shape of America’s cities. She finds that cities with urban rail transit were more likely to have a higher proportion of college-educated […]

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    Book Review: Counter Institution: Activist Estates of the Lower East Side by Nandini Bagchee

Book Review: Counter Institution: Activist Estates of the Lower East Side by Nandini Bagchee

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In Counter Institution: Activist Estates of the Lower East Side, Nandini Bagchee shifts our focus from the public spaces of New York City to the buildings that have served as hubs of activism. This is a fascinating read that shows how buildings are not solely civic infrastructure, but also crucial spaces for political participation that enable protest to foment, writes Nabaparna Ghosh.

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    Transport planning “bibles” overestimate car and parking needs, and this may be hurting smart growth development

Transport planning “bibles” overestimate car and parking needs, and this may be hurting smart growth development

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Cars are, and will for the foreseeable future continue to be, an incredibly important component of our society. In new research Guang Tian looks at the models used by transport planners to determine how often people use their vehicles and how many they are likely to own. He finds that people who live in more compact and mixed used […]

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    How cities can avoid the pitfalls of ‘beauty contests’ to attract multinational investment

How cities can avoid the pitfalls of ‘beauty contests’ to attract multinational investment

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EU and UK cities need an evidence-based diagnosis of their ‘unique selling points’, writes Riccardo Crescenzi.

What drives foreign investment to some cities and regions of the world, but leaves others almost completely untouched? And what can cities and regions do in order to attract those investments?

Traditionally, scholars have tried to understand this by looking at things like market access, […]

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