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$541,800 And Climbing: California Policy Makers Drive Up Housing Costs Yet Again

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

In June, the California Energy Commission voted to require that almost all new California housing construction (beginning in 2020) have rooftop solar panels, as well as expensive energy-efficient appliances, windows, insulation, and lighting. 


Why California Has A Housing Shortage—And Why Housing Prices Are So High

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Silver Lake is a three-square-mile neighborhood in central Los Angeles and home to roughly 32,000 residents. A dispute between a Silver Lake service station owner who wishes to build fourteen residential units at that location and local government that is trying to prevent this new development illustrates why real estate prices are so high in California, and why it is so difficult to build new housing in the state.

Analysis and Commentary

We’ve Failed To Secure Our Coasts — We Must Build Resilience Before It’s Too Late

by Alice Hill, Roger-Mark De Souza, Katharine J. Mach, Christopher B. Field, Meaghan E. Parkervia The Hill
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

As record-setting rains pummel South Texas and Ellicott City struggles to recover from another deadly flood, we are experiencing more reminders that the United States is facing more severe and frequent extreme weather events. Last year’s hurricane season was the most expensive season to date — and arguably one of the most deadly on record. In the eight months since Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria struck our shores, are our coastal areas better prepared for the coming storms?


Richard Epstein - Seattle Condemns Success: 2 of 2

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Part 2: Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Senseless In Seattle."


Richard Epstein - Seattle Condemns Success: 1 of 2

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Part 1: Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Senseless In Seattle."

In the News

Mortgage Availability Trumps Unemployment In Voting Behavior Impact – Study

quoting Charles Calomirisvia Mortgage Professional America
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Great Recession was five times more impactful on voting behavior during the 2008 presidential election than rising unemployment, a traditional indicator of electoral success, a new study released by Columbia Business School.

Analysis and Commentary

Lanhee Chen: Homelessness Crisis In The Golden State

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

There’s a fine line between compassion and foolishness when it comes to public policy impacting the homeless. Unfortunately, a whole host of cites cities—particularly in California—have crossed that line.

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Discrimination And Disparities With Thomas Sowell

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hoover Institution’s Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow Thomas Sowell discusses his new book, Discrimination and Disparities.

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Housing Holdup

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

Regulations rob California of the housing it needs.

In the News

The Mortgage Market Risk No One’s Talking About, Plus A Proposal To Redesign The System

quoting Amit Seru via Brookings Institution
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Nearly ten years ago, the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market sent the U.S. economy into a tailspin. As housing prices dropped and unemployment climbed, vulnerable households found themselves unable to refinance the mortgages they borrowed under better economic circumstances. Struggling to meet ever-increasing monthly payments, more and more homeowners defaulted on their mortgages.