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Christina Plerhoples Stacy
Expert

Christina Plerhoples Stacy

Senior Research Associate

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 senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she specializes in urban economics and inclusion. Her work focuses on the intersection of economics and urban spaces and how housing, local economies, health, and crime interact.

Stacy is currently leading a randomized controlled trial of an unconditional and conditional cash transfer program aimed at reducing youth violence. She is also studying whether and how local zoning reforms can increase housing supply, and she is leading an effort to measure the spatial mismatch between job seekers and employers using big data from Snag, the largest online job search engine for hourly workers. She recently managed an effort to measure inclusion in US cities and is currently leading the development of a transportation inclusion index for metropolitan regions throughout the US with the goal of producing a tool that cities can use to track and improve transportation in an equitable manner. Stacy is also coleading an evaluation of the New Markets Tax Credit Program, and she is part of a team evaluating Economic Development Administration investments. She recently completed an evaluation of the cost effectiveness of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Moving to Work demonstration.

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

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