URBAN INSTITUTE

Expert

Christina Plerhoples Stacy
Expert

Christina Plerhoples Stacy

Research Associate I

While working on community and economic development in the United States and abroad, it became apparent to me that policymakers and practitioners needed more reliable research to help them decide which policies to employ and how to best implement them. Working at Urban allows me to conduct impartial research that can help decisionmakers better allocate their time and money.

Biography

Christina Plerhoples Stacy is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she specializes in urban economics and applied econometrics. She is also a fellow with the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program, led by the University of Minnesota with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Plerhoples Stacy's work focuses on the intersection of economics and urban spaces. She studies how housing, local economies, and crime interact; how to improve personal financial health; how to remediate and prevent local government fiscal crises; and how neighborhoods and cities can become more inclusive and supportive of their marginalized residents. Her work includes two randomized controlled trials of financial education efforts, an analysis of the effects of vacant building demolitions on crime, and the creation of an index of city-level inclusive growth.

Plerhoples Stacy earned her bachelor's degree from Boston College, her master's degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and her doctorate degree in agricultural, food, and resource economics from Michigan State University.