Stephanie Casey Pierce
Broadly, I am interested in the ways in which social and economic inequality are affected by public policy, how policy decisions influence the social and economic landscape, and how outcomes from social programs may be impacted by policy design, politics, implementation, and management. My research in economic inequality has focused on racial disparities in the subprime mortgage market, best practices in state-level foreclosure prevention policy, evaluating the federal Hardest-Hit Fund foreclosure prevention program, and analyzing the impact of foreclosures on housing prices using a geographic spatial analysis methods. My second line of research concerns the causes of and policy strategies for preventing homelessness. I am interested in the ways in which housing instability relates to evictions, incarceration, affordable housing, mental health and addiction, personal networks, and public institutions. I am also interested in policy diffusion, implementation, and how policy design both affects outcomes of and is influenced by target populations.