Hatch’s research explores the causes and consequences of social policies that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. One stream of her research agenda examines redistributive tax and spending policies and their relation to income inequality. The other stream of her work explores state and local laws that govern rental housing, including tenant protection, source of income anti-discrimination, and criminal activity nuisance ordinances.
Discusses Criminal Activity Nuisance Ordinances (CANOs), local laws found in thousands of cities throughout the country which penalize property owners if repeated incidents of criminal activity related to their property occur over a set period of time. Finds these laws often have consequences for survivors of domestic violence and others experiencing crisis.