Alan Berube is senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, and co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America (Brookings Press, 2013). He has authored numerous Brookings publications on topics including metropolitan demographic and economic trends, social policies affecting low-income families and communities, and cities in the global economy.
In addition to coordinating the Metro Program’s research agenda, Alan conducts research on the role and functions of U.S. metropolitan areas in a globalizing economy, poverty in neighborhoods and suburbs, and educational and skills of metropolitan workers.
He has authored dozens of Brookings publications, including State of Metropolitan America: On the Front Lines of Demographic Transformation, and recent editions of the Global MetroMonitor, which tracks the economic performance of the world’s 200 largest metro economies. He served as co-author of the joint Federal Reserve/Brookings 2008 report, The Enduring Challenge of Concentrated Poverty in America, and the recent Brookings report, The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s.
Prior to joining Brookings in February 2001, Alan was a policy advisor in the Office of Community Development Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, and a researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University. In 2004 Alan served as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the UK Treasury, focusing on mixed-income housing policy. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Cristina and daughter Erica.
Too often cities fail to use... [tax] incentives strategically, or they spread them around like peanut butter.
It’s up to the city to soften the blow of runaway incomes and housing prices so the city doesn’t, in a sense, lose its identity as a progressive and diverse place — that’s part of what makes San Francisco successful.
The places that have high inequality almost by definition have a small middle class. There’s this crater in the middle; they’re trying to keep their cities affordable and livable for the middle class.