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Matthew Pruitt
Research Assistant
Housing Finance Policy Center

Matthew Pruitt is a research assistant in the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Before joining Urban, he provided research and technical assistance in the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking at the Brookings Institution, the National Consumer Law Center, the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. At Brookings, Pruitt provided research assistance on a project comparing public safety trends in downtown districts and citywide, and his visualizations and analysis were featured in Vox and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His other research has focused on municipal finance, office-to-housing adaptive reuse, access to financial services in communities of color, and the City of Boston’s American Rescue Plan Act projects on affordable housing and economic development. Pruitt graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a BA in political science and a minor in international relations.

Research Areas
Economic mobility and inequality
Housing finance
Race and equity
Wealth and financial well-being
Housing Finance at a Glance: A Monthly Chartbook
Housing finance reform
Housing finance data and tools
Housing affordability
Housing markets