Op-Ed: “Blood on Your Hands, Too” – Charles Blow, NY Times.

Op-Ed: Charles Blow, Blood on Your Hands, Too, NY Times, July 14, 2016.

New Article: “Residual Value Capture in Subsidized Housing”

New Article: Brandon M. Weiss, Residual Value Capture in Subsidized Housing, 10 Harv. L. & Pol’y Rev. 521 (2016).  Abstract below:

This Article argues that our primary federal subsidized housing production program, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), will result in the unnecessary forfeit of billions of dollars of government investment and the potential displacement of tens of thousands of households beginning in 2020 when LIHTC property use restrictions start to expire. The LIHTC example is presented as a case study of an inherent dynamic of public-private partnerships—namely, the potential capture by for-profit providers of “residual value.” For purposes of this Article, this is value generated by a public-private transaction that is unnecessary to incentivize a private provider to deliver the contracted for good or service.

Drawing on corporate organizational theory, which has highlighted the role that nonprofits play in solving certain contract failures and generating positive externalities, the Article argues that, in certain contexts, partnering with nonprofit providers can be an effective approach to increasing the share of residual value that flows to public purposes. The LIHTC program is one such context, given that a nonprofit preference results in a three-sector approach whereby the federal government provides tax credits to nonprofit developers that must attract private investor equity. This framework leverages institutional strengths, including the access to capital of government, the relative fidelity to public purposes of nonprofits, and the market-based underwriting and oversight of for-profit investors.

New Report: “The State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child”

SOWC-2016_dtls_pgNew Report: UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child (2016).

Call-for-papers: “Social Inclusion and Poverty Eradication”

Call-for-papers: “Social Inclusion and Poverty Eradication” at Harvard Univ. Nov. 17-18, 2016, with a submission deadline of Aug. 15, 2016.  Full information at the link above.

Op-Ed: “Adding a legal dimension to multidimensional poverty”

Op-Ed: Paul Prettitore, Adding a legal dimension to multidimensional poverty, Brookings Future Development Blog, May 19, 2016.

Call-for-Papers: “A Workshop on Legal Migrations, Vulnerability, and Resilience” – A Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative Workshop, Dec. 9-10, 2016 Emory

Call-for-Papers: “A Workshop on Legal Migrations, Vulnerability, and Resilience” – A Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative Workshop, Dec. 9-10, 2016 Emory.  Details from the conference organizers below:

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News Coverage: “ How Banks Stole Homes From the Most Vulnerable New Yorkers”

News Coverage: Michelle Chen, How Banks Stole Homes From the Most Vulnerable New Yorkers, The Nation, July 15, 2016.

Another Kristof Op-Ed on the inhumanity of deporting Central American refugees

Here.  [My own example from El Salvador is a neighborhood kid with a full scholarship to university who could not go the couple of blocks because of gang threats.]

Op-Ed: “L.A. has 46,874 people who are homeless. If we’re not smart, we’ll have 250,000 more”

Op-Ed: Adam Murray, L.A. has 46,874 people who are homeless. If we’re not smart, we’ll have 250,000 more, L.A. Times, July 14, 2016.

Free Book: “Law and Economics, 6th edition” by Robert Cooter & Thomas Ulen

Free Book: Robert Cooter & Thomas Ulen, Law and Economics, 6th edition is available here.  [Note for those writing about law and economics, this, along with the Posner textbook, is one of the classic textbooks in the field and it is now available online for free.]