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Dirk Early

Professor of Economics



PhD,University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 1995
BSB,Miami University, Oxford, Oh 1988


Professor of Economics
Southwestern University
August 01, 2005 - present

Chair - Department of Economics and Business
Southwestern University
August 01, 2011 - present

Associate Dean of the Brown College of Arts and Sciences
Southwestern University
August 01, 2008 - present


Housing Programs (Rent Control, Vouchers, Program Benefits and Costs), Housing Discrimination, Homelessness (Causes and Solutions), Rental Housing Price Indices, Poverty Measures


Peer Reviewed Publications:

Geographical Price Variation, Housing Assistance and Poverty. (with Edgar Olsen, University of Virginia.) Forthcoming in Philip M. Jefferson (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty, Oxford University Press.

An Empirical Investigation of the Determinants of Street Homelessness. Journal of Housing Economics, Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2005.

The Determinants of Homelessness and the Targeting of Housing Assistance. Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 55, No. 1, January 2004.

Subsidized Housing, Emergency Shelters, and Homelessness: An Empirical Investigation Using Data from the 1990 Census. (with Edgar Olsen, University of Virginia.) Advances in Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 2: No. 1, Article 2, 2002.

Rent Control, Rental Housing Supply, and the Distribution of Tenant Benefits. Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 48, Number 2, September 2000.

The Effects of Rent Regulations on Price in the Uncontrolled Sector: An Empirical Investigation using Data from the AHS. (with Jon Phelps, Southwestern University.) Journal of Housing Research, Volume 10, Issue 2, December 1999.

A Microeconomic Model of Homelessness: An Empirical Investigation Using Choice-Based Sampling. Journal of Housing Economics, Volume 8, Number 4, December 1999.  The Role of Subsidized Housing in Reducing Homelessness: An Empirical  Investigation Using Micro-Data. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Volume 17, Number 4, Fall 1998.

Rent Control and Homelessness. (with Edgar Olsen, University of Virginia.) Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 28, Number 6, November 1998.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications:

Medicaid, Managed Care and the Health of Children in Texas. (with Mary Young, Southwestern University).  In The Status of Women: Facing the Facts, Forging the Future: Proceedings of the Symposium held in Washington, D.C., June 8-10, 2001, edited by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2002.

Honors & Awards

Exemplary Teaching Award from the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church, 2005-2006

Southwestern University Outstanding Teaching Award, 2002

Sam Taylor Fellowship 2001-2002

Brown Research Fellowship, Southwestern University, 1998-1999

Mundy Faculty Research Fellowship, Southwestern University, 1996-1997

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:
Low-Income Housing Policy, Housing Vouchers, Homelessness, Housing Discrimination, Poverty

I am willing to talk to the media: yes

I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: no

Can you do interviews in Spanish? no

Other languages you are fluent in:

Experience with the news media (especially electronic media):

Contact Details:
(512) 863-1592(office)
Office: Mood-Bridwell 334