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The 9 Lives of the Linkage Fee

Andrew Keatts, VOICE OF SAN DIEGO

Friday, September 27, 2013

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Erik Bruvold, a local economist with the National University System Institute for Policy Research, pointed to a 1997 study by the Public Policy Institute of California that looked into whether development fees are ultimately passed on to consumers.

“There’s always been a screwy logic to this that suggests it’s better to not have employment growth than to have employment growth because it somehow creates a demand for housing,” Bruvold said. “One might say the best solution to low-income housing is to create more jobs, which should over time drive up wages.”