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Christina Plerhoples Stacy
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Christina Plerhoples Stacy

Principal Research Associate

Biography

Christina Plerhoples Stacy is a principal research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, where she specializes in urban economics, equity, and inclusion. Her work focuses on the intersection of economics and urban spaces and how housing, transportation, local economies, health, and crime interact.

Stacy is studying whether inclusionary zoning and rent control increase the supply of affordable housing and access to opportunity for families with low incomes and people of color, and evaluating Houston Endowments’ racial equity initiative. She is also leading a randomized controlled trial of an unconditional and conditional cash transfer program coupled with job training aimed at reducing youth violence, and an evaluation of the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico's two-generation model that builds family well-being by working with children and the adults in their lives together. Finally, she is working with cities across the country to help ensure that federal economic recovery funds are used in a way that promotes an inclusive and equitable recovery from COVID-19.

Stacy serves on the board of the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation, the Policy Research Advisory group for the American Heart Association's Voices for Healthy Kids, the New Urban Mobility Alliance's research collaborative, and the University of Pittsburgh's master's in quantitative economics advisory board.

Before joining Urban, Stacy earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College, her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and her PhD from Michigan State University in agricultural, food, and resource economics. 

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