Property Tax Liens, Private Capital, and Gentrification in the U.S.
I am seeking an RA to assist in the creation of a database of state and local legislative changes to the administration of tax lien sales and certificates. These reform variables will then be combined with real estate transactions data and balance sheets from real estate investment trusts (REITs) and private equity firms to assess causal effects of tax liens on urban development in major real estate markets.
For the data acquisition portion of the project, the work involves tracking statements and declarations released by state and local tax and revenue offices which pertain to property tax lien certificates and sales. This may require a large number of web searches and reading through news articles to add information to the database. Therefore, attention to detail is a crucial skill.
Proficiency in a statistical/econometric software packages such Stata or R is necessary to conduct work related to the real estate data portion of this project.
Prior experience with LaTeX and training in econometrics and statistics are preferred. Ability to do web scraping is also a plus.