Dynamics of participation in a housing allowance program

by C. Peter Rydell, John E. Mulford, Lawrence W. Kozimor

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Formulates a dynamic model of participation in the Brown County, Wisconsin, and St. Joseph County, Indiana, housing allowance programs; estimates the model's parameters from pooled data for the two counties (Sites I and II, respectively, of the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment); and uses the fitted model to estimate the equilibrium level of enrollment and the time required to reach it. Although a considerable simplification of reality, the model shows how enrollment depends on the underlying dynamics of eligibility changes; explains why enrollment as of June 1978 was lower than expected; and clarifies the prospects for larger enrollment.

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