Canceled: Dan Immergluck: Evictions in a High-Eviction Metropolis

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Dan Immergluck is a professor at the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University. His research concerns neighborhood change, housing markets, urban poverty and racial dynamics, financial markets and urban form, and community and economic development practice and policy. Immergluck is the author of four books, more than 60 scholarly articles, numerous book chapters and encyclopedia entries, as well as scores of applied research and policy reports. His latest book is Preventing the Next Mortgage Crisis: The Meltdown, the Federal Response, and the Future of Housing in America (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).

Immergluck's work has been funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and other places. He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Center for Community Progress, Abt Associates, and other organizations. Immergluck's scholarship is widely cited, and he has been quoted extensively in national and international media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and other venues. He has testified several times before the U.S. Congress, as well as before the Federal Reserve Board. He has served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and as a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington, DC. Immergluck has worked with nonprofit organizations and local governments around the country on a variety of projects.


We examine multifamily eviction filings in the Atlanta metropolitan area with a rich data set of eviction filings, property and neighborhood characteristics, and ownership information. We find that eviction filings include many "serial filings," in which landlords file repeatedly on the same tenant. The literature suggests that serial filings are aimed less at removing the tenant and more at disciplining the tenant through the state-sanctioned threat of removal. We analyze serial and nonserial filing rates at the property level, and the share of a property's filings that are serial filings (serial share). Regressions on building, location, and neighborhood characteristics (including neighborhood racial composition) reveal important factors associated with higher serial and nonserial filing rates and serial share. We discuss implications for policy and further research.