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At $700 Per Square Foot, New Homeless Sheds Top Luxury Housing Costs

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

San Jose recently completed 40 “tiny houses” that will provide temporary housing for 40 homeless people at a cost of $2.2 million, or about $55,000 per 8-by-10-foot prefabricated tiny house. Each unit, which appears to be a gussied-up storage shed, has a single bed, a desk and chair, and a couple of shelves. Communal bathroom and kitchen facilities are nearby, along with a computer room, a lounge, and a dog park.

In the News

The Greed Of ‘Keep Your Rent’

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Epoch Times
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

“Keep Your Rent” is a radical collectivist mob-style campaign based on greed and jealousy that encourages tenants not to pay rent due on April 1.

Analysis and Commentary

Jenny Schuetz On Land Regulation And The Housing Market

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, March 30, 2020

Jenny Schuetz of the Brookings Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about zoning, boarding houses, real estate development, and the housing market.

Featured

Unsung Hero

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Sunday, March 22, 2020

Mark Calabria,  Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Fredy, announced an excellent policy response to the virus.

The Grumpy Economist
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The Grumpy Economist: How We Broke (And May Be Fixing) Housing

with John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist | A Podcast with John H. Cochrane
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Government interventions have grossly distorted housing markets — but a promising new movement may counteract some of the damage.

Perspectives on PolicyFeaturedEconomy

Addressing The Housing Crisis

by Lee Ohanianvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Well-intentioned housing policies, like zoning laws and environmental rules, have made it expensive and often impossible to build enough homes to meet rising demand.

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The Elephant's Family

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

David Brooks essay in the Atlantic "The nuclear family was a mistake" has a lot of interesting ideas. We used to (1800s) largely live with extended family. In the mid 20th century we moved to mom, dad and kids, the nuclear family that David thinks is a mistake. Now we increasingly live the widely parodied Life of Julia (Taranto scathing review at WSJ, guide to parodies at Atlantic), individuals whose main relationship in life is to the federal government.

FeaturedEconomy

Supply And Demand In Local Economics

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Act 1: If housing is too expensive, allow the supply curve to operate. In a surprising bit of excellent economics, Conor Dougherty writes "Build Build Build Build..."in Sunday's New York Times.

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, February 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Rent Control Laws Are Unconstitutional."

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, February 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Rent Control Laws Are Unconstitutional."

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