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The Atlantic

The Abortion-Housing Nexus

“Even if people would want, in a perfect world, to move to a different place that didn’t have whatever-it-might-be laws, they’re kept in place by these bigger, more salient forces for them,” Riordan Frost, a senior research analyst at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, told me. “Even though there are abortion restrictions, people move because of affordability. Even though there are wildfires and more natural disasters in a place, people move because of affordability.”


Do landlords get tax credits for empty buildings?

A paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard studies looked into why landlords would want to keep their storefronts vacant. “We conclude that in the long run, a primary driver of retail vacancy in dense urban areas is the fact that landlords are willing to forgo rents today in order to preserve the option to lease their space to someone else (who might pay higher rents) tomorrow,” Erica Moszkowski, one of the study’s co-authors, explained.

The Wall Street Journal

The Link Between Air Quality and Your Longevity

A 2021 survey of renters in the U.S. found more than half of respondents said indoor air quality was their biggest source of concern among healthy housing issues. It ranked well above any other factor including pests, water quality and chemicals, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Farnsworth Group.

Associated Press

Some renters may get relief from biggest apartment construction boom in decades, but not all

Expanding the supply of modestly priced rentals would help alleviate the strain from so many new apartments targeting renters with high incomes, “although additional subsidies will be needed to make housing affordable to households with the lowest incomes,” researchers at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies wrote in a recent report.