Bringing It All Back Home: Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law & Policy


Open to the public

Friday, June 3               

8:00 - 8:30am – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:35am  – Welcome from Dean Daniel Diermeier, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

8:45 - 10:15am    Panel One:  Housing and Land Use Controls

Moderator: Paul Shadle (DLA Piper)

William Fischel (Dartmouth),  The Rise of the Homevoters: How OPEC and Earth Day
Created Growth-Control Zoning that Derailed the Growth Machine

Discussant:  Vicki Been (NYC Housing Preservation and Development)

David Schleicher (Yale), How Land Use Law Impedes Transportation Innovation

Discussant:  Daniel Kay Hertz (City Observatory)

10:15 - 10:30  Break

10:30 - 12:00pm  Panel Two:  Community Change and Affordability 

Moderator:  Daniel Biss (Illinois State Senate) 

Georgette Chapman Phillips (Lehigh), Losing My Religion: Church Condo Conversions and Neighborhood Change

Discussant:  Nicole Garnett (Notre Dame)

Richard Epstein (NYU), The Unassailable Case Against Affordable Housing Programs

Discussant:  Nestor Davidson (Fordham)

 12:15 - 1:15pm  Lunch Presentation 

Atif Mian (Princeton) and Amir Sufi (Chicago) Household Debt and Defaults from 2000 to 2010: The Credit Supply View

1:30 - 3:00pm  Panel Three:  History and Home 

Moderator: Jeff Leslie (Chicago)

Ingrid Gould Ellen (NYU) & Brian McCabe (Georgetown), Balancing the Costs and Benefits of Historic Preservation

Discussant:  John Mangin (NYC Dept. of City Planning) 

Lior Strahilevitz (Chicago), Historic Preservation and Its Even Less Authentic Alternative 

Discussant:  Eduardo Peñalver (Cornell) 

3:00 - 3:15pm  Break

3:15 - 4:45pm  Panel Four:  Housing and Savings 

Moderator: Geoff Smith (Institute for Housing Studies, DePaul)

Christopher Mayer (Columbia), Housing and Retirement

Discussant:  Luigi Zingales (Chicago)

Stephanie Stern (Chicago-Kent),  Behavioral Leasing: Lease-Based Housing Alternatives for Renters

Discussant: Damon Jones (Chicago) 

Saturday, June 4

8:00 - 8:30am  – Continental Breakfast 

8:35am – Welcome from Dean Thomas Miles, University of Chicago Law School 

8:45 - 10:15am  Panel Five:  Neighborhoods and Opportunities 

Moderator:  Janet Smith (UIC)

Matthew Desmond (Harvard), How Housing Dynamics Shape Neighborhood Perceptions

Discussant:  Kate Cagney (Chicago)

Ian Ayres (Yale), Gary Klein (Massachusetts AG’s Office), & Jeff West (Precision Economics), The Rise and (Potential) Fall of Disparate Impact Lending Litigation

Discussant:  William Hubbard (Chicago) 

10:15 - 10:30am  Break

10:30 - 12:00pm  Panel Six:  The Future of Housing Finance 

Moderator: David Dana (Northwestern)

Patricia McCoy (Boston College) & Susan Wachter (Penn), Mortgage Put-backs, Cyclicality, and Access To Credit  

Discussant: Karen Pence (Federal Reserve Board)

Raphael Bostic (USC) & Anthony Orlando (USC),  When the Invisible Hand Isn't a Firm Hand: Disciplining Markets That Won't Discipline Themselves

Discussant: Brian Brooks (Fannie Mae)