Housing Markets and Housing Institutions: An International Comparison

  • Björn Hårsman
  • John M. Quigley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Björn Hårsman, John M. Quigley
    Pages 1-29
  3. Alex Anas, Ulf Jirlow, Björn Hårsman, Folke Snickars
    Pages 31-62
  4. Christer Bengs, Heikki A. Loikkanen
    Pages 63-112
  5. Leo van Wissen, Peter Nijkamp, Annemarie Rima
    Pages 113-155
  6. John A. Hird, John M. Quigley, Michael L. Wiseman
    Pages 157-205
  7. E. Aufhauser, M. M. Fischer, H. Schönhofer
    Pages 235-281
  8. Andrew Gibb, Duncan Maclennan
    Pages 283-327
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 329-338

About this book


International comparisons of economic institutions and government poli­ cies are fraught with difficulties. After1he selective barriers of language and culture are overcome, differences in programs and outcomes are far more subtle than those that can be revealed by highly aggregated national data. Rela­ tively "soft" comparisons are the norm in international comparative research. This is particularly true in comparative analyses of housing and the operation of housing markets. Housing markets are local or regional in character, and the effects of government programs on market outcomes depend upon important economic characteristics of the local environment. Moreover, the institutions that influence the production, distribution, and consumption of housing differ enormously across nations. The distribution of housing and the role of the market in provision depend upon historical and social factors as well. Aggregate national data are unlikely to allow for much depth in comparisons across societies. Yet in the absence of such comparisons, the very visibility of housing may lead to inadequate or erroneous generalizations. Photographs emphasing the aesthetics of ''well­ planned" housing agglomorations or urban slums are compelling. Documen­ tation that middle-class households must wait in a queue for a decade to be housed is notably less graphic.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Björn Hårsman
    • 1
  • John M. Quigley
    • 2
  1. 1.Stockholm Regional Planning OfficeSweden
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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