Emily Hamilton

Emily Hamilton

  • Policy Research Manager

Emily Hamilton is a policy research manager for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She manages the Spending and Budget Initiative and State and Local Policy Project portfolios. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Economic Affairs, and The Daily Caller. She contributes to the blogs Neighborhood Effects and Market Urbanism.

Emily is an alumna of the Mercatus Center MA Fellowship at George Mason University. She worked with the Social Change Project in issues related to state and local policy and urban economics. After completing her MA, she worked in commercial real estate market research before returning to the Mercatus Center as an Associate Director of State Outreach. She graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD with a BA in Economics.

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Jun 08, 2016

A return to midcentury Jacobsian diversity may be unlikely, but education reform could encourage more families to live in center cities. The people who live in Vibrant Urban Neighborhoods are not a separate class of people who are driving wholesome family life out of American cities; rather many of them are future suburban dwellers who haven’t had kids yet.
Nov 05, 2015

Housing is becoming increasingly expensive in major American cities, and this is partly due to land-use regulations that don't receive enough attention from policymakers or voters. In a new research paper, Sandy Ikeda and I review the economics literature on the relationship between land-use regulations and housing costs. We find that a significant majority of studies show that stricter zoning rules increase the cost of housing. These higher prices hurt low-income people, reduce income mobility, and even limit national economic growth.
Oct 12, 2014

To better understand the differences between lame duck and regular session voting patterns, we recently analyzed over 50,000 House and Senate roll call votes. Our analysis controls for the idiosyncratic voting patterns of different Congresses and the different patterns that emerge near the end of the year. Our most salient finding is that during a lame duck session, representatives are 50 percent more likely and senators 30 percent more likely to miss votes.
Aug 19, 2013

With pressure to find ways to slow the growth of health care costs, many states have granted nurse practitioners more autonomy in providing patient care. However, this type of commonsense reform can run into lobbying from special interests seeking to maintain a monopoly on service delivery, as lawmakers in California are finding out.
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