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Gentrification Transforming Neighborhoods in Big Texas Cities

As an influx of new, affluent residents has descended on gentrifying neighborhoods around the centers of Texas’ four largest cities, neighborhood amenities have improved. Meanwhile, increasing housing costs have led some low-income households and at-risk populations to locate in more suburban areas.
Southwest Economy , Issue Fourth Quarter

Journal Article
Largest Texas Metros Lure Big-City, Coastal Migrants During Pandemic

Almost two years since the pandemic began, high-frequency data show that migration to Texas has accelerated, as the state’s four biggest metros experience an influx of migrants often from the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. The emergence of working from home has lessened both workers’ and some companies’ reliance on physical offices, clearing the way for the new wave of mobility.
Southwest Economy , Issue Fourth Quarter

Texas Economy Still Growing, Though Pace Slows

The regional economy is growing at a slower pace than in recent months, with Texas labor markets remaining tight. Energy activity has declined, and export growth has slowed this year.
Dallas Fed Economics

Texas Economy Strongly Expands Despite Supply-Chain Disruptions, Hiring Challenges

There has been strong upward pressure on prices and wages, though there were some signs of abatement in July. The hot housing market continued to push up apartment rents, housing prices and construction.
Dallas Fed Economics

Journal Article
COVID-19 Fuels Sudden, Surging Demand for Suburban Housing

Business interruption and social distancing mandates because of COVID-19 have disrupted what had been a period of sustained growth within city centers nationally and in Texas. The pandemic-related actions have helped propel a sudden, large shift from renting to homeownership and a concurrent movement to the suburbs and larger homes.
Southwest Economy , Issue Fourth Quarter

Working Paper
Conspicuous Consumption: Vehicle Purchases by Non-Prime Consumers

Consumers with higher income often spend more on luxury goods. As a result, lower-income consumers who seek to increase their perceived income and social status may be motivated to purchase conspicuous luxury goods. Lower-income consumers may also desire to emulate the visible consumption displayed by their wealthier peers. Using a unique vehicle financing dataset, we find that consumers with lower credit scores value vehicle brand prestige more than average consumers. The stronger preferences for prestige lead non-prime consumers to purchase more expensive vehicles than they otherwise would ...
Working Papers , Paper 2107

Working Paper
The Rising Value of Time and the Origin of Urban Gentrification

In recent decades, gentrification has transformed American central city neighborhoods. I estimate a spatial equilibrium model to show that the rising value of high-skilled workers? time contributes to the gentrification of American central cities. I show that the increasing value of time raises the cost of commuting and exogenously increases the demand for central locations by high-skilled workers. While change in the value of time has a modest direct effect on gentrification of central cities, the effect is substantially magnified by endogenous amenity improvement driven by the changes in ...
Working Papers , Paper 1913

Working from Home During a Pandemic: It’s Not for Everyone

Because working remotely can offset the negative effects of shelter-in-place and social distancing policies on employment and earnings, knowing how many workers can do so is crucial to understanding the impact of such measures on our workforce.
Dallas Fed Economics

Journal Article
Go Figure: Women Took Brunt of Pandemic Job Loss as Priorities Shifted to Home

Working women fared worse than men in the pandemic—a reversal from the Great Recession
Southwest Economy , Issue Second Quarter

Working Paper
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Demand for Density: Evidence from the U.S. Housing Market

Cities are shaped by the strength of agglomeration and dispersion forces. We show that the COVID-19 pandemic has re-introduced disease transmission as a dispersion force in modern cities. We use detailed housing data to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the location demand for housing. We find that the pandemic has led to a greater decline in the demand for housing in neighborhoods with high population density. We further show that the reduced demand for density is partially driven by the diminished need of living close to jobs that are telework-compatible and the declining value ...
Working Papers , Paper 2024

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