Award-Winning Research on Neighborhood Racial and Income Segregation: A Reflection by Dr. Ihlanfeldt

I analyzed the drastic changes that occurred in Florida’s local housing markets as a result of the housing market crash. The crash caused many home foreclosures in the better SAZs, which ended up as bank owned properties that were sold to large investment companies. These companies rented out these homes, which provided an affordable housing option to many low income/minority families within the better SAZs. According to my research, these rentals have had important effects on moving low income and minority families from bad to good schools. Hence, I have provided the first evidence in favor of adopting the housing affordability option to desegregate our public schools.

To Prevent Crimes, Focus on People Likely to Commit Them

Our community must begin to devise a better strategy for supporting and coordinating agencies that can address the entrenched social issues driving crime. Whether you look at crime through a belief in social justice, economics, public health, or even fiscal conservatism, the reality is we will only make our community safer when we spend more time worrying about the people whose actions make it unsafe.

The Rise of the Alt-Right – Why Now?

Coalitions, particularly ones where diverse groups don’t have a lot in common, are difficult to sustain. Sure, these groups are currently united in their general hostility toward racial and ethnic minorities- and their right to share their concerns over an increasingly diverse country. But, as with other movements, these groups will find that more divides them then binds them together. Factions will rise and the loose coalition of groups will fall.

How Legislators Use State Constitutions to Block Policy Changes They Oppose

Despite the potential gains and minimized costs, not all state-based policymakers should pursue constitutional amendments as legislative goals. Constitutional amendments require significant time and political capital to ensure success.  Policymakers that do not expect reelection, therefore should avoid this process.  Instead these legislators should use what little political capital they have to quickly enact general legislation in an attempt to codify their own policy preference rather than be subject to the preferences of those that will replace them. 

Researching Real Estate Fraud

Once we were able to get tenants to meet in a town hall style meeting. We explained the issues at hand in their apartments and were able to tell them that they had a right to a rent refund, a rent reduction and a properly rent stabilized lease. If they agreed to receive legal support free of costs, I would meet up with multiple lawyers and help draft a complaint to the judges.

Local Government Consolidation Is Not A Panacea

This piece originally appeared on Forbes (November 6, 2017). Residents and officials of city governments that are experiencing adversity often consider government consolidation as a cure. The Chamber of Commerce in Tallahassee, Florida’s state capital, recently announced that it will fund a study to examine city-county consolidation in light of a survey that reported a general mistrust …

UBELONG in Lisbon

All in all, this was a truly amazing experience. By interacting with and living among locals, working behind the scenes for an International NGO, and traveling solo throughout Portugal, I gained a much wider understanding of how different cultures interact and  how connected we are to one another.

How a Reddit Forum Caught “Trump Fever”

To Red Pill users, Hillary Clinton would supposedly wage a “war on men,” so who better to stop this war than a man who bragged about the size of his genitalia during a political debate? When forum leaders cast Hillary as a dire threat to the Red Pill community, users responded by rallying around her enemy, casting aside years of reticence to participate in the political system.

Is State Preemption of City Powers Desirable?

So preemption is “good” if you agree with the legislature, but it is not if you disagree. This ignores the implications of preemption for democratic governance. We often view local decision making as the ideal. Local governments are closest to home and represent local decisions most clearly.

It’s Hard to Know If The Proposed 401(k) Tax Rule Will Hurt or Benefit Savers

All that said, it’s difficult to know whether we will be worse off on average if Congress eliminates the current 401(k) tax benefit, since any cost-benefit analysis depends on largely unknown future tax rates. Moreover, this is just a small part of a broader plan we haven’t seen yet, and so it’s best to withhold judgement until we can make a fair comparison between a final plan and current tax policy.