Juan Pablo Uribe

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

Brown University


I am an Applied Microeconomist working in urban and development economics. I study how large-scale investments in infrastructure affect economic outcomes. Recent areas of research have included housing subsidies, location-based subsidies, the US Interstate highway system, and federal internet expansion programs.


Prior to Brown, I worked as a consultant investigating recent inequality trends in Latin America at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). I received a bachelor's and master's degree from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.


I am on the job market in the 2021-22 academic year.


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Job Market Paper

Equilibrium Effects of Housing Subsidies: Evidence from a Policy Notch in Colombia

Abstract

This paper studies how the housing market in Colombia responds to policies aimed at increasing homeownership among low-income households. Private sector developers received tax incentives to build houses priced below a cutoff, and households received subsidies to buy houses below the same cutoff. The paper models an equilibrium between heterogeneous developers building differentiated housing and heterogeneous households purchasing homes. The model is estimated using bunching around the price cutoff induced by the policies. To benefit from the policy, households buy housing units up to 30 percent smaller and bunch at the policy cutoff. A counterfactual simulation shows that without supply-side incentives, developers may exit the market; their profits would be 14 percent lower.


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