The Effect of Local Government Policies on Housing Supply

The Effect of Local Government Policies on Housing Supply

Housing Development Dashboard study conducted for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, May 2016

Author: Graham MacDonald

In consultation with many developers, city planners, politicians, and advocacy groups, the author created two models that summarize the relative impact different local policy measures have on housing production. He then weigh the models’ results against potential equity, administrative, and political concerns. The first model describes the effects on the odds that a given project will be built, while the second examines the cumulative impact on an entire city in four local jurisdictions.