Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

PAI786 - Urban Policy
Professor Yinger
Spring 2016



Professor Yinger
451 Eggers Hall 
Phone: (315) 443-9062 


Class Location:     111 Maxwell

Class Time:          MW 12:45-2:05

Office Hours:        11:00-12:00 Monday and Wednesday or by appointment



Please contact Mrs. Santy to make an appointment with the professor. 

Mary Santy 
426 Eggers Hall

Phone: (315) 443-3115



Course Overview and Requirements



Spring 2016 Class Syllabus



Case Assignments

Sign Up Sheet for Case Discussions

Case Instructions

Promoting Integration Case


Policy Memos

JY's Tips for Professional Writing 

For examples of professional writing, see the professor's op-ed pieces on this website. 


Urban Policy Summit

Summit Topic Preference Form

Summit Topic Assignments

Urban Policy Summit Schedule


HUD website 

PAI786 will be using the following pages on the HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) website.

Cityscape - The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is open to all relevant disciplines, including architecture, consumer research, demography, economics, engineering, ethnography, finance, geography, law, planning, political science, public policy, regional science, sociology, statistics, and urban studies. Cityscape is published three times a year by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.



Evidence Matters - HUD articles on Housing and Urban development


Lecture Notes (To be posted before each class)

Lecture 1: Introduction
Lecture 2: Evaluating Social Programs
Lecture 3: Housing Concepts, Household Bids
Lecture 4: Household Sorting and Neighborhood Amenities
Lecture 5: Neighborhood Change
Lecture 6: Overview of Housing Markets
Lecture 7: Housing Problems and Federal Housing Programs
Lecture 8: Homelessness
Lecture 9: Race and Ethnicity, Prejudice and Discrimination
Lecture 10: Housing Discrimination and Its Causes
Lecture 11: Residential Segregation: Measurement, Causes, Consequences
Lecture 12: Mortgage Markets and Predatory Lending
Lecture 13: Discrimination in Mortgage Lending
Lecture 14: Poverty: Concepts and Evidence
Lecture 15: Concentrated Poverty
Lecture 16: Welfare Programs and Principles of Welfare Policy
Lecture 17: The New World of Welfare Policy
Lecture 18: Urban Labor Markets
Lecture 19: Human Capital Programs to Promote Community Development
Lecture 20: Financial Capital Programs to Promote Community Development
Lecture 21: Key Issues in Studying Urban Crime




Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics