Focus on Housing

Focus on Housing

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A June 30 New York Times/CBS News poll asked a number of questions about housing.

Also on June 30, Pew published an extensive study on the costs and benefits of housing tax subsidies.

On June 29, the Census Bureau reported that 7.8 million children were living with their grandparents in 2009, a 64 percent increase since 1991.

In a June 16 commentary, Commerce Department economist Mark Doms noted a growing divergence between growth of the adult population and growth in the number of households. Slow growth in household formation suggests continued slow growth in the sales and construction of housing units.

On June 13, some Radford University economists posted a paper reviewing the many tax provisions that encourage home ownership.

On June 2, the Congressional Budget Office published a report on the budgetary impact of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

On May 26, the Federal Reserve Board published a study on geographical mobility. It finds that while mobility has declined, it remains higher in the U.S. than other countries.

On May 23, the Census Bureau published its latest report on geographical mobility. It found that the primary reason for moving related to a desire for better housing.

In a May 18 commentary, Macroeconomic Advisers predict a significant increase in homebuilding in coming years because of household formation and destruction of the existing housing stock, which averages about 1 percent per year.

I last posted items on this topic on May 18.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He  blogs daily and writes a weekly column at The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006).


Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.