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    • The efficacy of preparing for natural disasters 

      Stein, Robert; Buzcu-Given, Birnur; Duenas-Osorio, Leonardo; Subramanian, Devika (2013)
      Previous research has identified a host of actions individuals take in preparation for pending natural disasters. We do not know, however, how these preparations affect outcomes, including property damage, personal injury ...
    • The Houston Pension Question: How the City’s Pension Liability Grew and the Options for Reform 

      Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2016)
      Houston today faces an increasing unfunded liability for its employee pensions that totals at least $3.9 billion, as of 2015, up from $212 million in 1992. If no action is taken, that unfunded liability (officially known ...
    • The Maker Economy: The Growing Demand of Small Urban Manufacturers in Houston 

      Villegas, Carlos A.; Servidio, Chris; Yelvington, Allison (2019)
      While Houston’s small urban manufacturing sector is clearly on the rise, policymakers, stakeholders, and even consumers recognize that there remains an overall lack of knowledge around the industry. Contributing to this ...
    • The Process of Minority Incorporation in Local Politics and Government 

      Marschall, Melissa; Mikulska, Anna (2013)
      Despite the fact that more than nine in ten black elected officials represent local rather than federal or state government, the study of minority representation in American local politics and elections has been a ...
    • The Regulatory Nature of Urban Ports: The Case of Houston 

      Elliott, James R.; Shelton, Kyle; King, Lester O. (2015)
      Classic urban ecology argues that cities grow by connecting economically with other places. As they do, local zones of similar land use emerge, producing natural areas. While still valuable, this paradigm and recent efforts ...
    • The Shifting City: Houston's Unequal History of Racial Change 

      O'Connell, Heather (2016)
      Houston is often referred to as the most racially diverse metro area in the country and a harbinger of the types of demographic shifts the nation is likely to face in the future. The area has undergone tremendous demographic ...
    • The State of Local Democracy in Houston and Harris County 

      Lappie, John (2017)
      The governments of Harris County and the City of Houston have many vital powers, but relatively little is known about the nature of local elections in either jurisdiction. This study attempts to fill this gap by examining ...
    • The Urban Sun Belt: An Overview 

      Fulton, William; Hazle, Shelly G.; Choudary, Wendie; Sherman, Stephen (2020)
      This paper focuses on the 22 metropolitan statistical areas in the Sun Belt with a population of 1 million people or more. Together, they accounted for almost half of all population growth in the entire United States between ...
    • The Voices of Houston: A Linguistic Survey 

      Willis, Christina M. (2013)
      This report summarizes the initial findings of the Voices of Houston Project: A Linguistic Summary, which seeks to determine the extent of the linguistic diversity found in the Houston Greater Metropolitan Area. The ...
    • Tolerance toward Immigrants as a Dimension of Cosmopolitanism: Explaining Attitudes toward Immigrants in Houston 

      Paredes, Cristian L. (2015)
      In this study, I argue that attitudes toward immigrants in the U.S. are particularly different in metropolitan areas characterized by ethno-racial diversity brought about by immigration in order to explain tolerance toward ...
    • Transit Adjacent Development and Neighborhood Change in Houston 

      Nostikasari, Dian; Shelton, Kyle (2019)
      This study explores how land use has changed between 2010 and 2016 in transit adjacent development (TAD) areas of Harris County, Texas, defined as census block groups within 1 mile of transit hubs—light rail stations, ...
    • Troubled Fiscal Times: A Comparison of Revenue Sources and Service Levels for Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio 

      Fulton, William; Villegas, Carlos; Shelton, Kyle; Griffin, Ben; Bise, Carson (2020)
      This report examines the revenue structure and service levels for Texas' three largest cities: Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. The intent is to understand the differences in the cities’ revenue structures — and whether ...
    • What Happens in the Shadows: Streetlights and How They Relate to Crime 

      O'Connell, Heather (2017)
      After finding in a previous report, “Streetlights in the City: Understanding the Distribution of Houston Streetlights,” that the city of Houston’s more than 173,000 streetlights were not evenly distributed throughout the ...
    • What is Marriage? Americans Dividing 

      Emerson, Michael O.; Essenburg, Laura J. (2013)
      Debates have swirled around the legal definition of marriage, as U.S. states and indeed national governments consider the issue. This report draws on the longitudinal Portraits of American Life Study (PALS) to examine how ...
    • What should be done with Illegal Immigrants? The Views of Americans 

      Miller, Renita; Emerson, Michael O. (2013)
      Examining the same adult Americans from 2006 to 2012, this report explores how Americans have changed and stayed the same in their religious beliefs and practices. We find that 15% of adult Americans switched religious ...
    • Where Affordable Housing and Transportation Meet in Houston 

      Kinder Institute for Urban Research; LINK Houston (2020)
      "Where Affordable Housing and Transportation Meet in Houston" examines where affordable housing and high-quality, affordable transportation presently co-exist. This report provides policy recommendations to help government ...
    • Who Runs for Mayor in America? 

      Marschall, Melissa; Lappie, John; Williams, Luke (2017)
      Political observers’ assumptions about local election trends are often based on anecdotes, incomplete observation or simply conventional wisdom. However, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and its Center for Local ...
    • Who's Policing the Police?: A Comparison of the Civilian Agencies that Perform Oversight of Police in Texas' Five Largest Cities 

      Sherman, Stephen Averill; Fulton, William (2020)
      This report analyzes the civilian agencies that perform oversight of police in Texas' five largest cities: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth. These five cities' oversight agencies have different mandates, ...
    • Will Migration Worsen Urban Safety? Empirical Studies in Shanghai 

      Tan, Jing; Ren, Yuan (2015)
      Poverty, crime rates increase and decrease in social security are often considered as “Urban Disease” during the process of urbanization and large amount of migrants’ influx into cities. With empirical studies in Shanghai, ...