WWS 402a U.S. Housing Policy

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The stability of the financial system, social mobility, racial integration, education policy, and anti-poverty programs all relate to housing policy. In the past several years, there have been calls from both Democrats and Republicans to reform US housing policy.  The current policy approach, which differs dramatically from that in most industrialized countries, is thought to have contributed to the financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent economic struggles.  Yet reforming the current system is challenging from a policy as well as political standpoint.