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Economics: Housing

Search Engines, Organizations, and Reference Sources

American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, Leading U.S. real estate economics association, supporting and promoting real estate & urban economics research. 

EconLit. Comprehensive index to scholarly journal articles in economics. It also lists books and dissertations, and articles within 'collective works'.  

Encyclopedia of urban studies.  Edited by Ray Hutchison.

IDEAS: Economics and Finance Research. Free database of economics lierature with thousands of full-text working papers, books and book chapters, and articles from peer-reviewed journals. 

Urban Economics. Classic textbook, by Arthur O'Sullivan.

Urban Economics Association. Association whose members are economic researchers with a focus on urban topics.

Urban Land Institute. Independent global think tank representing the spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.

Urban Studies and Planning: A SAGE Full-Text Collection.Covers Economic Development, Planning, Policy Analysis, Public Administration,  Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Policy, and Welfare Economics.

Selected Journals

These journals are specific to Health Economics, but researchers in the field also publish in many other economics journals. See this listing of some highly cited ones for more information.

Journal of Housing Economics
Journal of Urban Economics
Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics
Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
Land Economics
Real Estate Economics
Regional science and urban economics

Key Data Sources

American Community Survey.  Began in 2005, annual survey replacing the census long (15%) sample. Consider using  IPUM

American Factfinder (U.S. Census Bureau). Database for online source for accessing population, housing, economic and geographic data from the from the U.S. Census, including the Census of Population and Housing and the American Community Survey. 

Census Neighborhood Change Database (CD in Library Data Lab).  Combines U.S. Bureau of the Census data into one product with variables and tract boundaries that are consistently defined across census years.

Current Population Survey. Includes many supplemental surveys on various topics such as child support, tobacco, voting, computer use, identity theft.  Consider using IPUMS.

Data PlanetOffers easy access to over 5,550 data sets from over 65 source providers and 16 subject categories, including housing and mortgage data (including some years for the HMDA). 

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.  U.S Government web site on HMDA data with detailed statistics on mortgage lending finance. For other years not covered see Data Planet ICPSR and older years on CD ROM in the library data lab.

HUD Data Sets. Amazing collection of detailed housing data from the US agency for Housing and Urban Development. See for example their PUMS data.

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS). From the Minnesota Population Center. Micro-data for censuses from the United States back to 1850 as well as other nations. 

National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS). Contains aggregare U.S. census data and GIS boundary files for each census from 1790 to 2000.

Social ExplorerAcess to current and historical United States census data, including all historic decennial censuses and American Community Surveys. Census data is current and historical back to 1790.

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