The voices of Urban Institute's researchers and staff

We’re not accurately assessing the Federal Housing Administration’s solvency

News of a windfall in FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance fund this year sparked excitement—but the administration’s assessment of the fund is misleading.

The link between land-use restriction and growing inequality

The country’s most productive cities often have the most restrictive zoning—making it hard for low-income residents to move to areas of opportunity.

Neighborhood success needs citywide commitment

The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative showed early progress in the first five cities, but more so when city leadership was engaged in the transformation.

Would two year budgeting help break the fiscal impasse?

The House Budget Committee on Wednesday asked Urban Institute fellow Rudy Penner to testify on the potential reform.

If we had a more equitable DC…

What would it mean if the District of Columbia was more equitable and the residents east of the Anacostia River could participate, prosper, and reach their full potential in DC?

What happens when communities develop their own programs and policies?

Because the community was invested in the research, we received better data. Because we had better data, we co-designed a better program.

Data walks: Getting data into the community’s hands

This innovative approach to reviewing data was more engaging to participants, less intimidating, and more focused on each person’s lived experience.

AHRQ is vital to health policy research

Without AHRQ data, our analyses of policy related to the ACA, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program would be seriously hampered.

The promise and performance of all-payer rate setting: Just what the doctor ordered?

Maryland tested a system in which health care payers pay a fixed sum that creates an annual global budget for a given hospital—with promising results.

Six new insights about Americans’ borrowing habits

How do Americans use debt throughout their lifetime? We recently examined the credit records of more than 5 million consumers to find out.

Elevating the 2016 Debate


Elevating the 2016 Debate

A resource for anyone seeking objective evidence with which to interpret presidential candidates’ policy promises, claims, and arguments.

From Protest to Policy


From Protest to Policy

Our researchers offer evidence-based solutions to some of the problems faced by poor, mostly minority communities in Baltimore and other US cities.


Urban Wire Writers