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Senior Research Associate



Allison Freeman’s research considers the wealth gap in the United States and how access to financial services, both credit and debt instruments, might exacerbate or redress economic inequality. Her work also explores how attributes of place affect lower-income people’s ability to move up the economic ladder.

Dr. Freeman spent her first nine years at CCC working on the center’s longitudinal study of affordable homeownership, examining in particular the wealth-building effects of homeownership for lower-income people.  Before she joined the center’s staff, Dr. Freeman researched access to affordable housing finance in post-apartheid South Africa.