The Hamilton Project produces and commissions policy proposals and analyses to promote broad-based economic growth by embracing a significant role for well-designed government policies and public investment.

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Policy Proposals September 1, 2008

Getting more from low-income housing assistance

Edgar Olsen examines shortfalls with the current system of low-income housing assistance and proposes a transition to an entitlement housing assistance program…
Policy Proposals September 1, 2008

Facilitating shared appreciation mortgages to prevent housing crashes and affordability crises

This paper argues that development of shared appreciation mortgage (SAM) markets in the United States would moderate the impending decline in homeownership and…
Policy Proposals September 1, 2008

An opt-out home mortgage system

This paper develops a new framework for understanding the mortgage markets based on behavioral economic insights and proposes a ‘sticky’ opt-out mortgage syste…
Policy Proposals July 25, 2008

Air support: Creating a safer and more reliable air traffic control system

Dorothy Robyn argues that there are fundamental problems with the way the federal government manages the air traffic control system and proposes policy changes…
Papers July 1, 2008

An economic strategy for investing in America’s infrastructure

Manasi Deshpande and Douglas W. Elmendorf argue that America now has the opportunity to channel public concern and frustration into a national infrastructure s…
Policy Proposals July 1, 2008

The untapped promise of wireless spectrum

Philip J. Weiser argues that our spectrum policy has failed to facilitate an optimal and efficient use of this important resource. He identifies a new directio…
Policy Proposals July 1, 2008

Pay-as-you-drive auto insurance: A simple way to reduce driving-related harms and increase equity

This paper argues that the current lump-sum pricing of auto insurance is inefficient and inequitable. It proposes and evaluates a simple alternative: pay-as-yo…
Policy Proposals July 1, 2008

Bringing broadband to unserved communities

Jon M. Peha outlines policies through which government could facilitate the expansion of broadband infrastructure into unserved communities. He argues that the…
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