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Ryan Bhandari

Ph.D. Candidate

Job Market Candidate, 2023-24


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Fields: Urban Economics, Public Economics, Labor Economics

References: Marcus Casey (Chair), Ben Feigenberg, Darren Lubotsky, Erik Hembre

Job Market Paper: What is the Cost of Homeless Encampments to a City’s Residents? Evidence from Los Angeles

Abstract: This paper studies the impact of homeless encampments on residential property values with a novel procedure that infers the presence of encampments using citizen-made complaints about them. I find that 58% of residential properties transacted in Los Angeles between March 2016 and August 2022 had homeless encampments within 0.3 miles and sold on average for 3.14% less than they otherwise would have, a total realized loss of over $2.5 billion across more than 70,000 properties. I use the realized losses on property transactions to price the citywide externalities associated with homeless encampments at $32.4 billion, more than double the projected cost of housing all 31,000 people living on the streets of Los Angeles. Pricing the externalities from homeless encampments leads to a more thorough accounting of the costs associated with homelessness, not just for those experiencing it, but for all residents of cities that struggle to contain it.