Are Obama & Romney Avoiding Housing to Avoid Talking About Killing the Mortgage Interest Deduction?

There is one major political topic that has been mysteriously absent from both major presidential campaigns during this year’s presidential election season… housing. Nick Timiraos noted this in the Wall Street Journal in early September. Here we are in late October, four debates later, and nothing has really changed. Barely a peep about housing from […]

Reader-Suggested Economics Blogs

On this week’s poll about people’s favorite economics blog, readers suggested a lot of economics blogs in addition to the five in my poll. There were so many suggestions that I figured they deserve their own post to share them with the full readership. I have personally never read most of these, so consider this […]

Economic Conditions Open Thread

Happy Memorial Day everyone. Since most readers are probably on holiday today, here’s a semi-open thread to discuss the economy. To kick things off, here are a few charts from Calculated Risk: So what do you think? Are we on the path to a full recovery, stalling just above the bottom, or headed for a […]

Economy: Back from the brink, or poised for a greater collapse?

Someone linked this up in the weekend open thread, and I thought it was a pretty good summary of why I am not convinced that we are presently on the road to recovery, so I thought I’d share it here. Are We Living In Zero Hour Now? If I tried to excerpt some of the […]

Regulations “unlikely to contribute more than 17%” of home price

Some of you may recall back in February last year, when the Seattle Times ran a story about UW professor Theo Eicher’s land use regulations study, with the headline declaring “Rules add $200,000 to Seattle house price.” Here at Seattle Bubble we had serious questions about the dramatic conclusion in that study, and the methods […]

Detailed Study of Land Use Regulations & Home Prices

The big local housing story today is a study that was released recently by University of Washington Economics professor Theo Eicher. The thrilling title of the study is “Municipal and Statewide Land Use Regulations and Housing Prices Across 250 Major US Cities,” and it may be found (along with a number of related materials) here. […]