A Theory of Housing Intervention

  • Leland S. Burns
  • Leo Grebler


Why has housing become a matter of public concern in both the developed and the developing parts of the world? Has the market mechanism failed? If so, what are the dimensions and the reasons for its malfunctioning? How well does housing fit the general criteria for justifiable interventions that have been established by modern economists?


Housing Market Demand Curve Fire Protection Urban Renewal Housing Allowance 
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© Leland S. Burns and Leo Grebler 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leland S. Burns
    • 1
  • Leo Grebler
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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