The Community and Economic Development Discussion Paper Series addresses emerging and critical issues in community development. Our goal is to provide information on topics that will be useful to the many actors involved in community development—governments, nonprofits, financial institutions, and beneficiaries.
Declines in Low-Cost Rented Housing Units in Eight Large Southeastern Cities
Renters in many metro areas, especially those with modest incomes, increasingly struggle to find affordable housing. The authors investigate the landscape of low-cost rented housing units and spatial patterns of change in eight cities in the Southeast.
Dan Immergluck, Ann Carpenter, and Abram Lueders
Discussion Paper 2016-3 (May 2016)
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Financing Workforce Development in a Devolutionary Era
Federal funding for the traditional workforce development system has declined dramatically over the past few decades. The author examines several promising alternative financing models for workforce development programs such as social impact bonds and income-share agreements.
Discussion Paper 2016-2 (April 2016)
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Negative Equity in the Sixth Federal Reserve District
Some cities have not recovered from the subprime and foreclosure crises, and negative equity—when a house is worth less than outstanding mortgage debt—remains a persistent problem. The author analyzes the characteristics of Southeast neighborhoods that continue to have negative equity.
Discussion Paper 2016-1 (March 2016)
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Blight Remediation in the Southeast: Local Approaches to Design and Implementation
Blight—or the proliferation of vacant, abandoned, or poorly maintained properties—is a critical issue that cities must address. The authors analyze New Orleans and Macon, which are committed to blight remediation and could become models for other cities to emulate.
Ann Carpenter, Emily Mitchell, and Shelley Price
Discussion Paper 2015-5 (November 2015)
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Leading, Lagging, and Left Behind: Identifying Metropolitan Leaders and Labor Market Outcomes
The percent of the population that gained a bachelor's degree or higher rose by 7.9 percentage points from 1990 to 2010. However, only 78 of 283 metro areas were above that 7.9 percentage point increase. The author examines four labor market outcomes in those 78 "leader metros."
Discussion Paper 2015-4 (October 2015)
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The Financing Experiences of Nonemployer Firms: Evidence from the 2014 Joint Small Business Credit Survey
Businesses without employees—or nonemployer firms—make up the majority of small businesses in the United States, but little is known about their financial lives, including their business financing needs and experiences.
Stephanie Rosoff and Ellie Terry
Discussion Paper 2015-3 (July 2015)
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Fragmentation in Workforce Development and Efforts to Coordinate Regional Workforce Development Systems
Job training programs and other entities often work independently in the workforce development field, which can lead to fragmentation and inefficiencies. The authors study the Atlanta area's challenges in coordinating workforce development and present best practices in other cities.
Stuart Andreason and Ann Carpenter
Discussion Paper 2015-2 (April 2015)
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Resilience in Planning: A Review of Comprehensive Plans in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina
This paper analyzes and compares the decisions communities made in rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to determine to what extent post-Katrina comprehensive plans promote resilience based on built environment factors that have been shown to improve social networking, physical safety, and community building.
Discussion Paper 2015-1 (January 2015)
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Social Ties, Space, and Resilience: Literature Review of Community Resilience to Disasters and Constituent Social and Built Environment Factors
An economic development approach that supports locally owned businesses over nonlocally owned businesses and small companies over large ones has gained popularity since the 1980s. In a new paper, the author examines the effects of locally based entrepreneurship on local economic performance.
Discussion Paper 2013-2 (September 2013)
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Locally Owned: Do Local Business Ownership and Size Matter for Local Economic Well-being?
Communities have faced more frequent and severe natural disasters in recent decades. In a new paper, the author examines the literature to understand one particular aspect of resilience: how the built environment contributes to greater resilience by supporting and encouraging strong social networks.
Discussion Paper 2013-1 (August 2013)
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Intrametropolitan Patterns of Foreclosed Homes: ZIP-Code-Level Distributions of Real-Estate-Owned (REO) Properties during the U.S. Mortgage Crisis
Real-estate-owned (REO) properties are usually vacant and, particularly when geographically concentrated, can have destabilizing effects on neighborhoods and communities. The author studies intrametro REO distributions across different metro areas during the mortgage crisis.
Discussion Paper 1-09 (April 21, 2009)
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The Accumulation of Foreclosed Properties: Trajectories of Metropolitan REO Inventories during the 2007–2008 Mortgage Crisis
What was the extent to which real-estate-owned (REO) properties accumulated in different housing markets during the mortgage crisis? The author examines characteristics of the inventory of REO properties in U.S. metro areas from 2006 to 2008.
Discussion Paper 2-08 (December 15, 2008)
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Community Response to the Foreclosure Crisis: Thoughts on Local Interventions
Mortgage regulation and foreclosure laws are generally under federal and state governance, but local governments and organizations responded to rising foreclosures in various ways. The author presents a range of responses to the foreclosure crisis that local organizations have used.
Discussion Paper 1-08 (October 10, 2008)
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Papers written by student interns within the Community and Economic Development Department are intended to add to the dialogue about and research of issues in the field. The papers provide a forum to share the students' independent work.
Exploring Concentrated Poverty in the Southeast
Concentrated poverty—the proportion of the poor living in high-poverty neighborhoods—is a serious problem. A recent Community and Economic Development student paper found U.S. concentrated poverty increased significantly since the year 2000. The author examines whether concentrated poverty in the Southeast has followed a similar trajectory.
Student Paper August 2016
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