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Applied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar

When: Thursday, January 20, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central

Where: Kellogg Global Hub, 3301, 2211 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Economics   (847) 491-8200

Group: Department of Economics: Applied Microeconomics Lunch

Category: Academic


Eilidh Geddes (Northwestern): "Rational Eviction: How Landlords Use Eviction in Response to Rent Control" (joint work with Nicole Ozminkowski)

Abstract: Rent control policies seek to ensure affordable and stable housing for current tennants; however, they also increase the incentive for the landlord to evict tennants. We exploit variation across zip codes in policy exposure to the 1994 rent control referendum in San Francisco to study the effects of rent control on wrongful eviction claims and eviction notices. We find that one additional eviction notice was files for every 83 newly rent controlled units, and one additional wrongful eviction claim was filed for every 222 newly rent controlled units. These effects were concentrated on low income zip codes, consistent with a framework where landlords wiegh the probability of wrongful evictions being challenged agianst the benefits of such evictions.

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