Housing Tax and Subsidy Programs' Effectiveness at Closing the Income Inequality Gap

A recent study from the Urban Institute examined the relationships between housing subsidies, the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions, and income inequality. It used data from the 2013 Current Population Survey (CPS), which the federal government uses for its official measures of income, poverty, and inequality. CPS income data is then adjusted by the Transfer Income Model (TRIM), which measures the value of near-cash benefits, such as food stamps, housing subsidies, and itemized deductions.

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