Ed Olsen

Ed Olsen is a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Virginia, where he served as chairman of the economics department and was heavily involved in the creation of its new public policy school. His research specialty is low-income housing policy. Ed has published papers on housing markets and policies in professional journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Journal of Public Economics, and he wrote the chapter on empirical housing economics in the North-Holland Handbook of Urban Economics, the chapter on low-income housing programs in the NBER volume on means-tested transfers in the United States, and the chapter on achieving fundamental housing policy reform in a Brookings volume on promoting the general welfare. More recently, he has written papers on getting more from low-income housing assistance, promoting homeownership among low-income households, and fundamental housing policy reforms to end homelessness. Ed worked on the National Housing Policy Review that led to the U.S. housing voucher program, was a visiting scholar at HUD during its Experimental Housing Assistance Program, has testified on low-income housing policy before Congressional committees five times and has been an expert witness on the topic in two major class-action lawsuits, a consultant to the GAO and HUD, a member of the 2007 National Academy of Sciences’s Committee to Evaluate the Research Plan of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a member of the MTO Technical Review Panel.