Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Benefits and Costs of the Section 8 Housing Subsidy Program: A Framework and First-Year Estimates

The authors provide estimates of the social benefits and costs of the Section 8 housing subsidy program. Their analysis rests on a series of studies in which they estimate the effects of voucher receipt on a variety of recipient living unit behaviors, including movement to new neighborhoods, employment, earnings, and the receipt of public benefits: child-care subsidies, medical care assistance, and welfare assistance.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2009-025
  • Author(s): Deven Carlson, Robert Haveman, Thomas Kaplan and Barbara Wolfe