Deven Carlson

University of Oklahoma
Political Science

Center for Applied Social Research
3100 Monitor Dr., Suite 100
Norman, OK
USA
73072
decarlson@ou.edu

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Education policy and social policy comprise the substantive focus of my research agenda. My research within the realm of education policy focuses broadly on school choice, the achievement-related effects of data-driven reform efforts, and the effects of education policy and practices on democratic citizenship. My research within the domain of social policy focuses primarily on the effect of Section 8 voucher receipt on a variety of social and labor market outcomes. The contents of my substantive research agenda reflect many of my theoretical interests, which reside primarily in the in the area of policy analysis and evaluation. Specifically, I am interested in causal inference, policy evaluation, and benefit-cost methodology.

Citation:
Carlson, Deven, Robert Haveman, Tom Kaplan, and Barbara Wolfe. 2011. "The Benefits and Costs of the Section 8 Housing Subsidy Program: A Framework and Estimates of First-Year Effects." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 30 (2):233-255.
Abstract: This paper provides estimates for a comprehensive set of social benefits and costs associated with the federal Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program. The impact categories for which we provide empirical estimates include the value of the voucher to recipients; additional services and public benefits induced by voucher receipt; improvements in children's health, education, and criminal behaviors; the costs of voucher provision; the labor supply impacts on voucher recipients; and community effects. These estimates rest largely on empirical analyses of the effect of voucher receipt on several recipient and taxpayer behaviors and outcomes that occur in the first year of voucher receipt. The analysis distinguishes benefits and costs accruing to program participants, nonparticipants; including taxpayers and property owners?and society as a whole. Our analysis suggests that the program is likely to meet the efficiency standard of positive net social benefits.
Citation:
Carlson, Deven, Robert Haveman, Tom Kaplan, and Barbara Wolfe. 2011. "The Benefits and Costs of the Section 8 Housing Subsidy Program: A Framework and Estimates of First-Year Effects." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 30 (2):233-255.
Abstract: This paper provides estimates for a comprehensive set of social benefits and costs associated with the federal Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program. The impact categories for which we provide empirical estimates include the value of the voucher to recipients; additional services and public benefits induced by voucher receipt; improvements in children's health, education, and criminal behaviors; the costs of voucher provision; the labor supply impacts on voucher recipients; and community effects. These estimates rest largely on empirical analyses of the effect of voucher receipt on several recipient and taxpayer behaviors and outcomes that occur in the first year of voucher receipt. The analysis distinguishes benefits and costs accruing to program participants, nonparticipants; including taxpayers and property owners' and society as a whole. Our analysis suggests that the program is likely to meet the efficiency standard of positive net social benefits.

Substantive Focus:
Education Policy PRIMARY
Social Policy SECONDARY
Urban Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY

Keywords

POLICY ANALYSIS POLICY EVALUATION EDUCATION POLICY SOCIAL POLICY