Keynote Address: The Forces and Consequences of the Lack of Workforce Housing

APA California Chapter, Central Coast Section


Friday, May 19, 2017
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. PDT

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Economist Matthew Fienup will discuss the history of urban growth restriction, highlighting the era of policy making which began in the early 1990s in California and tracing those policies through to the Great Recession and our current economic situation. In addition to discussing a broad array of empirical studies on the effects of growth restriction and declining housing affordability, he will provide an overview of the economic outlook for the region and discuss the extent to which growth restrictions and their impact on housing affordability explain differences in economic performance across the region. He will provide examples of the direct impact of the lack of workforce housing in Southern California and the Central Coast and draw connections to broader economic outcomes. Matthew will also discuss alternative approaches to land use planning and development, highlighting policies employed elsewhere which seek to balance the need for workforce housing with other competing goals, including the preservation of open space, environmental amenities, and agricultural land.


Matthew Fienup

Matthew Fienup, Executive Director for the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks Fienup teaches graduate courses in Econometrics and Environmental Economics. His specialties are applied econometric analysis, the economics of land use, and environmental markets. He is also the Chair of the Fox ... Read More

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