F. W. Becker, M. J. Dluhy and J. P. Topinka
American Review of Public Administration, vol. 31, 2001, p. 181-200
Based on data from a study of the privatization of public housing management in a major US metropolitan area, study concludes that privatization will be likely to produce substantial cost savings because of rigidities in the purchasing and personnel systems of local housing authorities. These savings can be gained without a decrease in housing quality. The true cost of greater efficiency in this case appears to lie in a decrease in the availability of social services.
D. A. Reingold, G. V. van Ryzin, and M. Ronda
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, vol. 20, 2001, p. 485-504
Paper investigates the effect of US urban public housing on the social capital and labour force activity of its tenants using cross-sectional survey data from the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality. Results show that neighbourhood disadvantage, not public housing, is the more important determinant of lack of social capital and labour force activity among low-income families. Even this has relatively small direct effects on social capital and labour force activity compared to other factors such as work experience, the presence of children and health status.