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Krista Paulsen presents on short-term rentals at sociological meeting

Krista Paulsen, an associate professor in the School of Public Service, presented at the American Sociological Association’s 115th annual meeting, a virtual engagement event on Aug. 11.

Paulsen’s presentation, “Short-term Rentals’ Perceived Threat to Neighborhoods and Neighboring: Evidence from Boise, Idaho,” was part of a session titled Building Community in Insecure Times.

Her presentation examined the expansion of short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb and the increasing number of residential properties available to travelers on a short-term basis. Using qualitative analysis and drawing from two cases in Boise, her presentation details the ways that residents characterize changes associated with increasing short-term rentals.

Paulsen notes that residents and planners alike struggle with the newness of short-term rentals as a housing category. This poses challenges for regulating and understanding the impacts of this type of housing.