Michael Lens

AREAS OF INTEREST

Community Development
Criminal Justice
Equity - class, race, ethnicity, gender
Housing
Labor and Employment
Low-income/Affordable Housing
Neighborhood Effects
Poverty
Quantitative Analysis

SELECTED BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

Lens, Michael. 2013. “Safe, but Could Be Safer: Why Do Voucher Households Live in Higher Crime Neighborhoods?” Cityscape 15(3): 131-152.
Lens, Michael. 2013. “Subsidized Housing and Crime: Theory, Mechanisms, and Evidence.” Journal of Planning Literature 28(4): 352-363.
Ellen, Ingrid Gould, Michael C. Lens and KatherineM. O'Regan. 2012. "American Murder Mystery Revisited: Do Housing Voucher Households Cause Crime?" Housing Policy Debate, 22(4): 551-572.

2012 Housing Policy Debate, 22(4): 551-572.

Assistant Professor, Urban Planning
Urban Planning
Ph.D., Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, 2011.
917-334-4516
310 206-5566

Professor Lens' research focuses on disparate outcomes resulting from inequities in housing markets, neighborhood stratification, and effects of housing subsidy programs. His research on housing subsidies and crime has challenged conventional wisdom regarding the housing voucher program, showing that those who receive those subsidies live in much safer neighborhoods than those living in housing constructed with supply-side subsidies. This research concludes that (1) public safety more than poverty rates is a principal factor in residential choice, (2) residential choice patterns vary systematically by race/ethnicity, and (3) subsidized housing does not increase neighborhood crime rates.

In recent research, Professor Lens is studying job accessibility among housing subsidy recipients, the effect of the housing bust on housing subsidy demand, the relationship between land use regulations and income segregation, and the effect of negative housing equity on mental health outcomes. Professor Lens' research recently won awards from the Journal of the American Planning Association and Housing Policy Debate. 

Professor Lens was recently awarded - along with fellow UCLA Urban Planning Professor Paavo Monkkonen - a multiyear grant from the MacArthur Foundation to study the effect of the housing boom and bust on local government finances. 

Professor Lens teaches courses on Quantitative Analysis, Community-Based Research, Housing Markets and Policy and Research Methods.

 

Michael Lens

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First Name: 
Michael
Last Name: 
Lens
Position: 
Assistant Professor, Urban Planning
Degrees: 
Ph.D., Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, 2011.
Bio: 

Professor Lens' research focuses on disparate outcomes resulting from inequities in housing markets, neighborhood stratification, and effects of housing subsidy programs. His research on housing subsidies and crime has challenged conventional wisdom regarding the housing voucher program, showing that those who receive those subsidies live in much safer neighborhoods than those living in housing constructed with supply-side subsidies. This research concludes that (1) public safety more than poverty rates is a principal factor in residential choice, (2) residential choice patterns vary systematically by race/ethnicity, and (3) subsidized housing does not increase neighborhood crime rates.

In recent research, Professor Lens is studying job accessibility among housing subsidy recipients, the effect of the housing bust on housing subsidy demand, the relationship between land use regulations and income segregation, and the effect of negative housing equity on mental health outcomes. Professor Lens' research recently won awards from the Journal of the American Planning Association and Housing Policy Debate. 

Professor Lens was recently awarded - along with fellow UCLA Urban Planning Professor Paavo Monkkonen - a multiyear grant from the MacArthur Foundation to study the effect of the housing boom and bust on local government finances. 

Professor Lens teaches courses on Quantitative Analysis, Community-Based Research, Housing Markets and Policy and Research Methods.

 

Phone Number: 
917-334-4516
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310 206-5566
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