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Permanent Housing for Seasonal Workers? A Generalized Peak Load Investment Model for Farm Worker Housing

  • Elvis Qenani-Petrela (a1), Ron Mittelhammer (a2) and Philip Wandschneider (a2)

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Many seasonal workers are housed in transitory accommodations, including tents and vehicles. In this study, we analyze the supply side of this problem by assuming that a public agent must house the workers through direct public investment. A peak load model is adapted to develop investment rules for the least-cost provision of seasonal worker housing, adding an interacting multi-season component to existing models. Based on this model and the data from three prototype projects, the majority of the least-cost investment would be in permanent, but seasonally occupied, housing.

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Permanent Housing for Seasonal Workers? A Generalized Peak Load Investment Model for Farm Worker Housing

  • Elvis Qenani-Petrela (a1), Ron Mittelhammer (a2) and Philip Wandschneider (a2)

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