Fixer-Upper: How to Repair America's Broken Housing Systems


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Brookings Institution Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Jenny Schuetz is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro. Her research focuses on urban economics and housing policy, particularly how government policies impact housing affordability and economic opportunity.


Fixer-Upper "is one of the clearest overviews of America's housing policy failures and just its housing policies that you'll find. But reading it, a much deeper argument struck me throughout. This is very much a book about when democracy works and when it fails... what [Schuetz] is saying is that this system, what we often imagine to be the essence of democracy, it is failing and it is failing worst in the places where it often looks to be operating best. It's a pretty profound set of questions, not just for liberals, but for anybody who thinks about political systems, to grapple with." --Ezra Klein interviews Jenny Schuetz on The New York Times' The Ezra Klein Show podcast

"This book offers a well-written, well-researched, and insightful analysis of what is not working in housing and land use policies in the United States and how to fix them."--Enrico Moretti, Michael Peevey and Donald Vial Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

"Housing affordability is one of the most important problems facing American families. Using an economic lens, Fixer-Upper presents a clear and compelling diagnosis of today's housing ills and illuminates the path forward to reach the nation's goal of decent and affordable homes and strong communities for all."--Chris Herbert, managing director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

"If you think housing policy is dry and technocratic, Fixer-Upper will convince you otherwise. Jenny Schuetz clearly and succinctly explains how current policies--from local zoning to federal tax policy--contribute to some of the country's most urgent economic and social problems. Her proposed solutions are both practical and provocative--worthy of serious debate."--Sara Bronin, professor, Cornell University, and founder, DesegregateCT