Allison FreemanSenior Research Associate in Housing and Asset-Building
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Allison Freeman conducts research on the ways that economic systems enable or inhibit equality and individual prosperity.
- Wealth and indebtedness of low-income households in the United States
- Intersection of race, wealth and economic mobility in the United States
- Affordable housing finance in the United States and in post-apartheid South Africa
- Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, 2006, Cornell University
- Master of Regional Planning, 1999, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- M.Sc., Development Studies, 1996, London School of Economics
- B.A., English, 1989, Mount Holyoke College
About Allison Freeman
Allison Freeman’s research considers the marginalization of individuals and groups within economic systems. Freeman is currently examining the racial wealth gap in the United States and how access to financial services, both credit and debt instruments, might exacerbate or redress economic inequality.
Freeman has examined the role of the home in the portfolios of low- and moderate-income families in the United States, looking at the wealth-building effects of affordable homeownership and assessing the opportunity costs associated with equity accumulation. She has also researched access to affordable housing finance in South Africa, examining that country’s efforts to enact community reinvestment legislation.
All of Freeman’s research focuses on economic justice with an emphasis on how low- and moderate-income households can improve their financial well-being.
Recent News About Allison Freeman:
Center’s Piggymojo research examines impulse savings strategy
Freeman says research affirms homeownership’s value in wealth-creation for low-income Americans
New book by UNC researchers tells what really caused the foreclosure crisis and how to rebuild a sound, sustainable U.S. housing finance system
Allison Freeman In the News:
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Low-Down-Payment Lending: A Critical Step toward Equitable Homeownership
The Continuing Importance of Homeownership: Evidence from the Community Advantage Program