A New Approach to Measuring Housing Benefits

  • Leland S. Burns
  • Leo Grebler


The theoretical case for housing subsidy obtains pragmatic meaning for policy only if the subsidized dwellings produce social and personal benefits over and above those resulting from the operation of the market. As the previous chapter indicated, there is no clear, demonstrable evidence to that effect.


Test Group Housing Quality Arrest Rate Dwelling Unit Housing Investment 
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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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