American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Homeownership

(Cato Institute, 2012)

Book Forum
May 16, 2012 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

1st floor/Wintergarden

Featuring the author Randal O'Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Adrian Moore, Vice President of Policy, Reason Foundation; Paul Emrath, Vice President for Survey and Housing Policy Research, National Association of Home Builders; moderated by Mark Calabria, Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.

Since the recent financial crisis, many pundits have argued that the future of homeownership is in doubt. Not so, says Randal O'Toole, whose new book, American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Homeownership, shows that both the crisis in homeownership and the larger financial crisis have their roots in heavy-handed state and local land-use regulation. Ending that regulation and creating a true free market in housing should boost American homeownership rates to as high as 75 percent. Join the author and a distinguished panel of experts in what promises to be a compelling discussion of this new book and our nation's housing markets.