Urban Affairs


Housing ‘On The House’: The Common Good Problem in French Social Housing

Seven years after France established housing as a right that people can legally demand from the state, a housing crisis persists. Sociologist Levy-Vroelant argues that the root of the problem is the absence of a national consensus on housing as a collective value.


Chicago’s Changing Financial Landscape: An Interview with the City’s CFO, Lois Scott

Chicago’s CFO talks about how the City can surmount its long-term fiscal challenges, generational changes in attitudes among investors, and the evolving role of bond ratings.


A city with soul: Director of Finance Brian Collins addresses the future of Memphis

Brian Collins, Director of Finance for the City of Memphis, talks about his city’s determination in the face of financial and socio-economic adversity.

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Live Fast, Die Young, Defend Your Status: The Code of Retaliation

A harsh childhood can lead to a life strategy that condones violence in response to status threats. An economic game shows that such a worldview is linked to heightened envy in unfair situations.


Driving Innovation: Firm Diversity and the Startup Ecosystem

Diversity of firm size is arguably a vital contributor to a region’s innovation.

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Participatory Budgeting: Increasing the Power of the Taxpayer over Public Expenditures

How effective is participatory budgeting at increasing government accountability and responsiveness in municipalities? Programs in Brazil find that allowing residents to choose preferential projects improves their social welfare and shifts constituent priorities to the forefront of public expenditures.


Downtown Democracy: Municipal Government’s Responsiveness to Mass Policy Preferences

New research finds that there is an ideological-bent to municipal public policies, and that this trend is reflective of the mass public’s policy preferences.


Nudging Disadvantaged Students Towards Improved College Application Decisions

The college application process is riddled with uncertainty, and students in disadvantaged areas in particular may not have access to quality counseling or other resources to guide them. A recent study shows how a cheap policy change dramatically impacted the college decisions of disadvantaged students—and likely, their incomes.


The New Face of Human Capital: An Interview with Emile Cambry Jr. of BLUE1647

Emile Cambry Jr., founder of BLUE1647, discusses his revolutionary, community-based approach to workforce development in the digital age.


Howard Wolfson on post-9/11 Privacy and Security in Urban America

Political strategist and former New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson discusses how terrorism, technology, and crime have impacted views on privacy and security.

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