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Housing Economics and Public Policy

Anthony O'Sullivan (Editor), Kenneth Gibb (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-68041-4
352 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book is a timely assessment of 20 years of progress in the field of housing economics and its application to policy and practice. Two decades on from the publication of Duncan Maclennan's influential Housing Economics, 16 leading housing experts - both academics and policy makers from across the world - now honour Maclennan's contributions.


The chapters here present a contemporary survey of key issues in housing, from urban housing markets and sub-market modelling, to the economics of social housing, the basis for housing planning, economic analysis of neighbourhoods, and the connections between academic work and policy development.

For students, researchers and practitioners in housing, urban economics and social policy, Housing Economics and Public Policy:

. provides up to date and comprehensive reviews of major areas of the housing economics literature

. sheds light on the economic, social and spatial processes that affect housing

. includes discussion of major areas of cutting edge housing economics research and identifies continuing gaps

. presents a synthesis of housing economics research on both sides of the Atlantic

. assesses the impact of theory on policy and practice

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Introduction; Urban housing models; Segmentation, adjustment and disequilibrium; Transactions costs and housing markets; Hedonic pricing models:a selective and applied review; Housing, random walks, complexity and the macroeconomy; Taxation, subsidies and housing markets; The economics of social housing; Neighbourhood dynamics and housing markets; Access to home ownership in the United States:the impact of changing perspectives on constraints to tenure choice; Planning regulation and housing supply in a market system; Economics and housing planning; The right to buy in Britain; The political economy of housing research; Policy and academia:an assessment
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* provides good quality reviews of key topics in housing economics
* offers an overview of the area, as well as a way into the wider literature
* sheds light on the economic processes affecting housing
* assesses the impact of theory on policy and practice
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'this remarkable collection of chapters by leading housing experts provides a wealth of comment and information' Building Engineer July 2003


'Thought -provoking... it offers a robust assessment of the role of economics in planning' Urban Studies, July 2004

'I heartily recommend a read' Bruce Duncan, Chair RICS Regeneration Forum


'An excellent and varied book which offers a well-documented and fairly comprehensive view of the current insights of housing economists. Recommended reading for economists, policy officals and academics.' International Planning Studies, Feb 2004

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