Edgar Olsen


Office Address

Monroe Hall, Room 250

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)
  • “U. S. Housing Policy” (with Jeff Zabel) in Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, Volume 5, ed., Giles Duranton, J. Vernon Henderson, and William Strange (Amsterdam: North-Holland, 2015)
  • “Racial Rent Differences in U.S. Housing Markets: Evidence from the Housing Voucher Program” (with Paul Carrillo and Dirk Early), Journal of Regional Science, 59(4), (September 2019), 669-700

Oped Pieces


Congressional Testimony