Contingency planning for the supply experiment

by Ira S. Lowry

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Plans for the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment should consider contingencies that would hamper the research or damage the communities in which the experiment is to be conducted. We identify three kinds of potential problems: (1) failure of our plans for monitoring the experiment because of poor data collection design, lack of local cooperation, or poor data management; (2) adverse local impacts of the allowance program, such as intolerable price inflation or disruption of residential neighborhoods; and (3) inadequate funding for either research or program operations, whether due to underestimates of costs or cutbacks in appropriations for the experiment. We identify early warning signals for each class of problems and discuss possible responses.

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