Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Economics

First Advisor

James Thomas

Second Advisor

Jamiko Deleveaux

Third Advisor

Norris Edney

Relational Format

Thesis

Abstract

This project centers on the topic of rental housing affordability for southern metropolitan areas in the United States. In an attempt to understand how rents have changed in relation to incomes in cities throughout the American south, this study uses IPUMS data to compare changes in the distributions of rents and incomes from 2000 to 2019 for each of the geographies in question. The Constant Quartile Mismatch metric employed in this project was first implemented in the study "A constant quartile mismatch indicator of changing rental affordability in US Metropolitan areas, 2000 to 2016". This thesis hopes to extend the work done in this initial study by focusing the relatively novel Constant Quartile Mismatch Indicator specifically on southern metropolitan areas. By taking this geographic focus, this project hopes to illicit rental affordability dynamics that may be unique to the Southern United States.

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