Edgar Olsen


Office Address

Monroe Hall, Room 250

Hours: Tuesday 12:00 - 2:30pm

Fields of Interest

Housing Markets and Policies, Welfare Policies


Bachelor of Arts (BA), Tulane University
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Rice University

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • “A Competitive Theory of the Housing Market,” American Economic Review, LIX (September 1969), 612-22
  • "An Econometric Analysis of Rent Control," Journal of Political Economy, LXXX , 1081-1100, Nov./Dec. 1972;
  • "The Benefits and Costs of Public Housing in New York City" (with David Barton), Journal of Public Economics, XX, 299-332, April 1983;
  • "The Demand and Supply of Housing Services: A Critical Survey of the Empirical Literature" in Handbook in Urban Economics, ed., Edwin S. Mills, Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1987;
  • "The Welfare Economics of Equal Access," (with Diane Lim Rogers), Journal of Public Economics, XLV, 91-105, June 1991;
  • “Subsidized Housing, Emergency Shelters, and Homelessness: An Empirical Investigation Using Data from the 1990 Census” (with Dirk Early), Advances in Economic Analysis & Policy, 2 (2002), 1-34;
  • “Housing Programs for Low-Income Households” in Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, ed., Robert Moffitt, National Bureau of Economic Research (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003);
  • "Low-Income Housing Policy," New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, London:Macmillan, 2008;
  • “Fundamental Housing Policy Reforms to End Homelessness” in How to House the Homeless, ed., Ingrid Gould Ellen and Brendan O'Flaherty (New York: Russell Sage, 2010).
  • “Geographic Price Variation, Housing Assistance, and Poverty” (with Dirk Early) in Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty, ed., Philip N. Jefferson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • “The Performance and Legacy of Housing Policies” (with Jens Ludwig) in The Legacies of the War on Poverty, ed., Martha Bailey and Sheldon Danziger (New York: Russell Sage, 2013)

Oped Pieces

Congressional Testimony