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Housing Market Spillovers: Evidence from the End of Rent Control in Cambridge Massachusetts

David H. Autor, Christopher J. Palmer, Parag A. Pathak

NBER Working Paper No. 18125
Issued in June 2012

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank seminar participants at Berkeley, the Boston Fed, Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Stanford, Virginia, and the NBER Summer Institute on Local Public Finance and Real Estate and our discussants, Erzo Luttmer and Jaren Pope, for comments and suggestions. We are grateful to David Sims for assistance with Cambridge Rent Control Board data and to Norma Coe, Cliff Cook, Bill Cunningham, Lisa Sweeney, and the staff at the Cambridge Assessor's Office for invaluable access to expertise and data. We acknowledge generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, the National Science Foundation (grant SES--962572), and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. Palmer thanks the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (grant 0645960). We received excellent research assistance from Andrew Garin, Annalisa Scognamiglio, Karen Scott, Barrett Strickland, Daniel Sullivan, Thiago Vieira, and Melanie Wasserman, as well as a hardworking team of MIT undergraduate data sleuths. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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