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Teaching Areas:

  • Housing
  • Real Estate
  • Urban Economics

Lan Deng's research and teaching interests are in the areas of housing, real estate, and local public finance. She is particularly interested in examining how government actions affect housing and urban development and how to design effective affordable housing policy. Prof. Deng has studied extensively the Low-income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program, the largest affordable housing production program in the United States. She has published work that examines the economic efficiency of the LIHTC program, how it compares with the alternative housing choice voucher program, and what neighborhood impacts the LIHTC-funded affordable housing projects have generated. More recently, Prof. Deng has expanded her research to examine housing market dynamics and housing policy issues in China. Prof. Deng is also a faculty associate for the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.

Prof. Deng serves on the International Editorial Advisory Board for the journal of Housing Studies. She was also elected to the board of directors for the International Association for China Planning (IACP).

At the University of Michigan, Prof. Deng teaches UP537 (Housing Policy and Economics), UP568 (Real Estate and Urban Development), UP610 (Fiscal Planning and Management), and UP406 (Introduction to Geographic Information System).

Professor Deng holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning (2004) from University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. (1999), and B.S. (1996) in geography from Peking University, China.

Selected Publications:

  • Lan Deng. 2013. Building Affordable Housing in Cities after Abandonment: The Case of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments in Detroit. in The City after Abandonment, 41-63. Edited by Margaret Dewar and June Manning Thomas. The University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.
  • Lan Deng and Lance Freeman. 2011. Planning for Evaluation: Using Regression Discontinuity to Evaluate Targeted Place-Based Programs. Journal of Planning Education and Research 31(3): 308-318.
  • Lan Deng. 2011. Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments and Neighborhood Changes. Housing Studies 26(6): 867-895.
  • Lan Deng, Qingyun Shen, and Lin Wang. 2011. The Emerging Housing Policy Framework in China. Journal of Planning Literature 26(2): 168-183.
  • Lan Deng. 2011. The External Neighborhood Effects of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Projects Built by Three Sectors. Journal of Urban Affairs 33(2): 143-165.
  • Lan Deng. 2010. The Value of Regulating Building Façade. Journal of Architecture and Planning Research 27(4): 271-286.
  • Lan Deng. 2007. Comparing the Effects of Housing Vouchers and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits on Neighborhood Integration and School Quality. Journal of Planning Education and Research 27: 20-35.
  • Lan Deng. 2005. The Cost-Effectiveness of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Relative to Vouchers: Evidence from Six Metropolitan Areas. Housing Policy Debate 16(3/4): 469-511.

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