Good Policy, Bad Implementation: Evaluating HUD’s Shift Toward Voucherization in Low-Income Housing

This was a paper I wrote in my graduate-level Economics of Regulation class in December 2010. My interest in the subject was sparked by an article on New Orleans’ public housing reforms I had written earlier in the year for The Hullabaloo.


Good Policy, Bad Implementation:
Evaluating HUD’s Shift Toward Voucherization in Low-Income Housing


Since the 1970s, the federal government’s approach to low-income housing has been undergoing a substantial change from supply-side to demand-side subsidies. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the cause of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s shift away from urban public housing high-rises toward current voucherization policies and the effectiveness of these newly adopted programs, regarding the extent to which they accomplish their goals of providing housing to the poor, deconcentrating poverty and allowing for voucher recipients’ choice and mobility. Past literature has exposed geographical unevenness in the results of voucher programs; while some cities have experienced favorable outcomes concerning voucher recipients’ abilities to move into areas of low poverty, other cities showed quite opposite phenomena. This variation among cities suggests that while HUD’s voucherization policies do have the potential to be successful in theory, they are poorly implemented by certain local public housing agencies, reflecting a structural failure within HUD to enact effective centralized oversight.

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Louisiana students protest budget cuts

Jindal says the state is not getting its money’s worth in education

This was the lead story published in The Hullabaloo on November 30, 2010.

A crowd of approximately 500 students from at least eight different universities gathered Nov. 10 on the state Capitol steps in Baton Rouge, La. to protest imminent massive cuts to public higher education.

Joining in chants such as “Where’s Bobby Jindal?” and “Stand Up,” the students rallied to voice their outrage with the legislators responsible for slashing university budgets by 35 percent to make up for the state’s projected $2.42 billion budget shortfall over the next three years.

“Collectively, we are stronger than the legislature,” LSU student Ariel Gratch said. Gratch addressed the crowd of students from various public universities in Louisiana.

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Republicans make gains in Congress

This article was published in The Hullabaloo on November 5, 2010.


Reflecting the sweeping national Republican victories in Tuesday’s midterm elections, Louisiana residents elected Republicans in three of four major races.

As forecast by political scientists and pundits alike, Republicans David Vitter, Jeff Landry and Jay Dardenne were each elected to the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and Louisiana Lieutenant Governor position, respectively, while Democrat Cedric Richmond won the House race in New Orleans’ typically liberal 2nd District.

American political science professor Brian Brox said though the state’s political landscape remains largely unchanged following the elections, the Republican Party’s newly acquired majority in the House of Representatives could negatively impact Louisiana.

“Spending on infrastructure, public works projects and earmarks is going to be tight,” Brox said. “Federal assistance to small businesses, job creation — all this stuff is going to be much harder to come by… It looks like a comprehensive energy bill is going to be off the table for the next few years.”

Sophomore Sinnott Martin, meanwhile, said he was pleased with the new Republican House majority and optimistic for future Republican leadership.

“The Republicans are going to have to take a more hands-on approach to the healthcare bill — not just look to repeal it,” Martin said. “There’s going to have to be compromise to get rid of useless spending in the bill and still help more people [with healthcare coverage]. The big thing is we have to cut spending.”

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Argentine Media Law Thesis

Naomi Martin

25 octubre 2009

Investigación de los Derechos Humanos

La Universidad de Buenos Aires




¿Mordaza Gubernamental


Democratización de los Medios?


La Nueva Ley de Medios en la Argentina y su Impacto en

los Derechos Humanos


Llamado por algunos la “Ley de la Democracia,” y por otros la “Ley de Medios K.” La nueva ley de medios en la Argentina, y su poderoso impacto potencial en los derechos humanos, ha incitado a un gran debate en todo el país. Los cuatro derechos esenciales que están en el corazón de la discusión a escala nacional, son fundamentales para la democracia: la libertad de expresión, la libertad de prensa, la libertad de empresa, y el derecho al acceso de la información.

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