Meltzer, Rachel

Rachel Meltzer
PhD, Public Policy/Public Administration, New York University
Assistant Professor of Urban Policy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

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Areas of Expertise:
Housing, Economic Development, Public Finance, Retail in Neighborhoods
Rachel Meltzer’s research centers on issues related to housing, economic development and local public finance, and how public policies in these areas affect individuals, neighborhoods and cities. Her current projects look at how and why retail and commercial services change in neighborhoods undergoing economic and racial transitions. Meltzer is also interested in the private provision of public goods, and she has explored a number of questions related to Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Homeowners Associations (HOAs). In addition, she has conducted research on Inclusionary Zoning, an alternative to traditional methods of providing affordable housing, including its impact on local housing markets and the political economy behind the adoption of such policies. Her work has been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Meltzer is a research Aafiliate at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University. She teaches classes on quantitative methods, policy analysis, urban economic development and public finance. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a mortgage officer and project manager for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, where she managed the financing and rehabilitation of affordable housing.
Courses Taught:
  • Policy Analysis
  • Political Economy and Public Policy Analysis I
  • Quantitative Methods
Recent Publications:
“DoHomeowners Associations Affect Citywide Segregation? Evidence from Florida Municipalities.” 2013, Housing Policy Debate, 23(4): 688-713.
“From Theory to Practice: Teaching Policy Analysis through Case Method and Client-based Projects.” 2013, Journal of Public Affairs Education, 19(3): 405-431.
 “Homeowners Associations and the Demand for Local Land Use Regulation.” Co-authored with Ron Cheung. 2013. Journal of Regional Science, 53(3): 511-534.

 Co-authored with Jed Kolko and Jenny Schuetz. “Are Poor Neighborhoods ‘Retail Deserts’?” Regional Science and Urban Economics 42 (2012): 269-285.

“Understanding Business Improvement District Formation: An Analysis of Neighborhoods and Boundaries.” Journal of Urban Economics 71 (2012): 66-78.

Co-authored with Jenny Schuetz. “Bodegas or Bagel Shops? Neighborhood Differences in Retail & Household Services.” Economic Development Quarterly. Forthcoming.

“’Clean and Safe’ for All? The Interaction between Business Improvement Districts and Local Government in the Provision of Public Goods.” National Tax Journal 64 (2011): 863-890.

Co-authored with Jenny Schuetz. “What Drives the Diffusion of Inclusionary Zoning?” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 29 (2010): 578-602.

Co-authored with Leah Brooks. “Does a Rising Tide Compensate for the Secession of the Successful? Illustrating the Effects of Business Improvement Districts on Municipal Coffers.” The Changing Landscape of Local Public Revenues, Cambridge: Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, 2010.

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