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.
Christina Plerhoples Stacy is a senior 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.
Research AreasCrime and Justice Housing and Housing Finance Poverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety Net Neighborhoods, Cities, and Metros Economic Growth and Productivity Finance Income and Wealth
Centers & InitiativesMetropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Opportunity and Ownership Urban – Greater DC
Research Report Income and WealthApril 25, 2018
Journal Article Housing and Housing FinanceHow to Prevent Mortgage Default without Skin in the Game: Evidence from an Integrated Homeownership Support NonprofitDecember 22, 2017
Journal Article Neighborhoods, Cities, and MetrosAugust 25, 2017
April 13, 2017
Research Report Housing and Housing FinanceBrett Theodos, Rob Pitingolo, Sierra Latham, Christina Plerhoples Stacy, Rebecca Daniels, Breno BragaMarch 16, 2017
Research Report Adolescents and YouthFebruary 21, 2017
Research Report Income and WealthBrett Theodos, Christina Plerhoples Stacy, Margaret Simms, Katya Abazajian, Rebecca Daniels, Devlin Hanson, Amanda Hahnel, Joanna Smith-RamaniSeptember 7, 2016
Research Report Education and TrainingBrett Theodos, Margaret Simms, Mark Treskon, Christina Plerhoples Stacy, Rachel Brash, Dina Emam, Rebecca Daniels, Juan CollazosOctober 6, 2015
April 13, 2015