Doctorate in Public Policy and M.P.A., New York University
Assistant Professor of Urban Policy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban PolicyMedia Contact Information:
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Housing, Urban Economic
Development, Public Finance, Gentrification
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 the causes and
consequences of gentrification, and specifically, how and why retail and
commercial services change in neighborhoods undergoing economic and racial
transitions. In related work, she is
starting a multi-year project looking at the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the
economic recovery and resilience of small businesses. 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 National Science
Foundation, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development.
Meltzer is a research Affiliate 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.
Meltzer earned her doctorate in Public
Policy and M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
at New York University and a B.A. in Psychology and Mathematics from Dartmouth
- Policy Analysis
- Political Economy and Public Policy Analysis I
- Quantitative Methods
- Urban Economic
“Housing Affordability and Health:
Evidence from New York City.” Co-authored with Alex Schwartz. 2015. Housing Policy Debate (in press).
“Why and Where do Homeowners Associations
Form?” Co-authored with Ron Cheung. 2014. Cityscape,
16(3) (special issue on American Neighborhoods: Inclusion and Exclusion):
“How Are Homeowners Associations
Capitalized into Property Values?” Co-authored with Ron Cheung. 2014. Regional Science and Urban Economics,
“Do Homeowners Associations Mitigate or
Aggravate Negative Spillovers from Neighboring Homeowner Distress?” Co-authored
with Ron Cheung and Chris Cunningham. 2014. Journal
of Housing Economics, 24 (special issue on U.S. Housing Policy): 75-88.
“Do Homeowners Associations Affect
Citywide Segregation? Evidence from Florida Municipalities.” 2013, Housing Policy Debate, 23(4): 688-713.
“Practice Makes Perfect: Teaching Policy
Analysis Through Integrated Client-Based Projects.” 2013, Journal of Public Affairs Education, 19(3): 405-431.
Associations and the Demand for Local Land Use Regulation.” Co-authored with
Ron Cheung. 2013. Journal of Regional
Science, 53(3): 511-534.
“Bodegas or Bagel Shops?
Neighborhood Differences in Retail & Household Services.” Co-authored with
Jenny Schuetz. 2012. Economic Development
Quarterly, 26(1): 73-94.
Neighborhoods ‘Retail Deserts’?”
Co-authored with Jed Kolko and Jenny Schuetz. 2012. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 42(1): 269-285.
Improvement District Formation: An Analysis of Neighborhoods and Boundaries.”
2012. Journal of Urban Economics,