Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs: 2007

Designed to reach a wide audience of scholars and policymakers, the Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs is an annual series that serves as a forum for cutting-edge, accessible research on urban policy. The editors seek to integrate broader research into the urban policy discussion by bringing urban studies scholars together with economists and researchers studying subjects with important urban implications.

In this issue, six papers on urban economics address a wide range of issues:

  • the impact of business improvement districts on commercial property values;
  • the impact of lost steel and auto jobs in cities and counties in the early 1980s;
  • the role of government-sponsored enterprises in providing financial support for U.S. housing;
  • the way GSEs affect mortgage rates and market liquidity;
  • effects on lower-income, underserved housing markets of the affordable housing goals set by GSEs;
  • the impact of terrorism on urban form since 1990.