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American Housing Survey: A Measure of (Poor) Housing Quality



Release Date: 
March 2013 (21 pages)
Posted Date:   
March 21, 2013



This report develops a Poor Quality Index (PQI) that measures the level of physical deficiencies in American Housing Survey (AHS) sample housing units. The AHS already contains a measure of housing adequacy, but adequacy is a narrower concept than quality. For some research purposes, a measure that uses all the AHS information on housing deficiencies may be more useful. Compared with the AHS measure, the PQI recognizes a broader range of deficiencies and has greater stability on the problem side between surveys. The goal is not to replace the AHS measure but to give researchers an alternative.

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