Informal Neighborhoods in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Region: Understanding the Effects of Land Regulation on the Welfare of the Poor
The formal submarket for sales of individual plots financed in monthly installments has helped make it possible for a large segment of the low-income population of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Region to gain access to housing. However, this submarket has been practically dismantled since 1977, when Decree-Law 8912, regulating urban land use, was enacted. With this new law in place, private sector finance—which had been provided by the land developers themselves—disappeared. As a result, low-income households have been forced to rely on informal mechanisms to access housing, such as purchasing land in illegal subdivisions or squatting on public land and building their dwellings incrementally.
KeywordsHousing Unit Metropolitan Region Tenure Status Land Market Infrastructure Service
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