College of Social Sciences

Housing Finance Issues of the 21st Century

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 04:00 - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 04:00

DeVoe Moore Center – OCC Symposium
“Housing Finance Issues of the 21st Century”

The DeVoe Moore Center at Florida State University and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are jointly sponsoring a symposium on issues in housing finance. The symposium will be held on Florida State University’s campus in Tallahassee on April 25th - 26th, 2014. We are soliciting papers on current issues in housing finance, broadly defined. Possible topics include, but are not limited to

  • The role of housing finance in increasing homeownership
  • Mortgage lending in underserved or distressed markets
  • Mortgage financing for the rental housing market
  • The role of family resources in meeting down payment constraints
  • Shared equity and shared appreciation loans
  • The role of homeowner counseling in foreclosure mitigation
  • Borrower mortgage choice
  • Financing residential development
  • Discrimination in mortgage lending
  • Assessing, mitigating, and pricing mortgage lending risks
  • Servicer behavior and mortgage outcomes
  • Impact of home equity on consumer behavior

10 papers will be selected for presentation at the conference; these papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Housing Economics. For authors not employed by the OCC, the symposium is pleased to reimburse transportation and hotel expenses for attending authors and discussants. Additionally, an honorarium of $1,000 per paper will be paid for papers submitted before the deadline for the special issue.

Important Dates
November 1st, 2013: Deadline for the submission of a paper or abstract
November 15th, 2013: Papers selected for symposium and notification sent to authors
April 10th, 2014: Completed papers due to organizers and discussant

Please submit papers or abstracts to Tom Mayock at

Organizing Committee

  • Sumit Agarwal, National University of Singapore
  • Gene Amromin, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Souphala Chomsisengphet, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Keith Ihlanfeldt, DeVoe Moore Center and The Florida State University
  • Tom Mayock, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency