The cleanup of brownfield sites can be big news (e.g. the recent allotment $3.5 million to clean up the former Kelly Barrel site near Union Square in Somerville). Yet, 1000s of brownfields remain undeveloped in Massachusetts alone. This begs the question as to why more redevelopment has not taken place. This talk will focus on how economists approach brownfield redevelopment and policies they would advocate to help to spur more redevelopment.
Jeffrey Zabel is a Professor of Economics at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 1987. His current research is in the areas of urban and housing economics, environmental economics, and K-12 education. Recent research includes the impact of the housing market on households’ cross-MSA migration patterns, the impact of leaking underground storage tank (LUST) sites on house prices in three counties in Maryland, the impact of minimum lot size restrictions on house prices in the Boston MSA, the impact of Proposition 21Ž2 on the local fiscal condition and on school segregation in towns in Massachusetts, and the long-term impact of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act on student performance.