November 9, 2015

Penn IUR and Penn Wharton PPI to Co-Host Expert Event on Housing Finance Reform

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – November 9, 2015 –The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) and the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (Penn Wharton PPI) are pleased to announce “Housing Finance Reform: Where Do We Go From Here?” an event that will bring together economic experts and policy researchers to discuss housing finance reform and the challenges that lie ahead for rebuilding this key sector of the U.S. economy.

The event will be held on November 10th in Washington, DC, and will lay out a roadmap for reforms intended to achieve the goals of liquidity, stability, access and sustainability. The event will cover topics addressed in the forthcoming volume Housing Finance Reform: Principles of Stability, edited by Susan Wachter and Joseph Tracy and scheduled for publication in Spring 2016. Topics include liquidity, macroprudential mortgage-backed securitization and the TBA market, affordability and access, and the legislative context for housing reform. 

Expert speakers and moderators will include: Scott Frame, Financial Economist and Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Wayne Passmore, Senior Advisor, Division or Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Joseph Tracy, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Akash Kanojia, Senior Trader/Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Roberto G. Quercia, Trudier Harris Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, and Director, UNC Center for Community Capital, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Mark A. Willis, Executive Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University; Phillip Swagel, Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy; and Susan Wachter, Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Professor of Real Estate and Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research. 

“Housing Finance Reform: Where Do We Go From Here?” will be held on November 10, 2015, from 10 am – 1 pm at the Capitol Visitor Center (adjacent to the US Capitol on First Street NE), in Room SVC 203-2, Washington, DC. For more information about the event, please contact Caroline Chang at

All media interested in attending, please contact Deborah Lang at or 215.880.2372.


Media Contact:

Deborah Lang
Communications Director

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