A great choice by the Federal Housing Finance Agency – Discussing the collapse of US-China trade talks: Scissors on CNBC’s ‘The Exchange’ – AEI15th May 2019
Earlier this week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that my AEI colleague Lynn Fisher has been appointed Senior Advisor for Economics. FHFA is lucky to have Lynn’s considerable talents and experience to help guide their important work.
Despite only having been at AEI a relatively short time, Lynn has added a great amount to the Institute. As Co-Director of the AEI Housing Center and Resident Scholar, Lynn’s work has focused on housing markets, including affordable housing, home building, mortgages, and housing finance.
Lynn is that rare scholar who can conduct original research — her papers have been published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, including the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Urban Economics, Real Estate Economics, and the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics — while also being able to contribute directly to the policy debate and understanding how policy actually gets made. If that’s not enough, she’s also a terrific manager and a wonderful colleague.
Here are few examples of the great work she has done while at AEI.
- In this report for AEI Economic Perspectives, Lynn Fisher and Scott Ganz examine the history of attempts to disrupt site-built single-family housing in the US to learn about the potential for the homebuilding industry to increase housing affordability through innovation.
- In a letter to FHFA commenting on an enterprise capital requirements proposal, Lynn Fisher and Edward Pinto argue that the current proposal pays insufficient attention to certain unique risks. Fisher and Pinto propose specific changes to capital requirements with a focus on single-family whole loans and guarantees in order to address these risks.
- To gain a better understanding of Lynn’s perspective on policy, I recommend listening to the Political Economy podcast episode, “5 questions for Lynn Fisher on America’s housing crisis” and to Banter podcast’s episode “Lynn Fisher on affordable housing and the US housing markets”.
We’ll miss Lynn at the lunch table.
Michael R. Strain is Director of Economic Policy Studies at AEI.