An overview of the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment conducted by RAND to provide housing assistance to low-income families. Of the "social experiments" undertaken by the federal government in the 1960s and 1970s, this was the largest in number of participants, longest in duration, most expensive, and operationally most complex. The author directed the research aspects of the program since its inception in 1971; the final report on the experiment will be published in 1982. In this paper he describes the experimental design and findings of the program, as well as methodological issues such as market effects and other research topics. He also discusses incidental benefits of the experiment and some disappointments. This paper is to appear in a volume of essays on various aspects of the Experimental Housing Allowance Program, edited by J. Friedman and D. H. Weinberg, and published by Sage Publications, Beverly Hills, California.
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