It is difficult to make international comparisons of economic institutions and government policies due to regional characteristics of the local environment. This is particularly true in comparative analysis of housing and the operation of housing markets. This book overcomes such difficulties by focusing on single cities or metropolitan areas within national systems. The countries selected include Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S.; the metropolitan areas that form the base of the analyses include Vienna, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Budapest, Stockholm, Glasgow, and San Francisco. Each article, written by a group of economists and economic geographers based in a university in a particular city, presents a description and analysis of a national housing market and an analysis of the development of housing policy and outcomes in a particular metropolitan area. The articles also include a detailed review of the spatial development of the major city, the operation ofthe housing market and the pattern of housing occupancy, and the principal institutions that affect the production and distribution of housing.
`This book represents the first truly comparative economic analysis of housing policy. While the housing policy literature is vast and many comparative books are available, these analyses ... tend to be political/historical studies describing various housing problems and policies, and their evolution over time. These books, however, in general fail to provide an adequate economic analysis of housing policy. The present book represents a distinct improvement in this respect. ' Thomas S. Nesslein, Kyklos, November 1993 `This is an extremely useful book for any researcher or teacher in the housing studies area. Its value is that it attempts to unravel how, in various contexts, housing systems actually work. By providing detailed evaluations of the effects of policies at a variety of levels on market outcomes and consumer welfare in specific situations, it contains insights into both the benefits and costs of a variety of interventions. ' Chris Mahler, Urban Studies, February 1993 `All chapters are well written with consistent editing, and each is a complete case study. This book is an excellent reference source of housing data for the cities included. ' Margaret Miano, The APA Journal, Autumn 1992 `The book is an important source book for researchers who are interested in the historical development of housing policies and who wish to gain a reasonable working knowledge of the operation of a cross section of markets in wealthier countries. ' M. Stabler, Regional Studies, 1992 `The case studies are careful, thorough, and informed surveys of housing trends, conditions, and policies in their subject areas. Although they do not follow a common outline, all include the important historical and institutional information. Each presents a detailed history of government housing policies, in most cases covering at least most of the postwar period. ' Edwin S. Mills, Journal of Economic Literature, 1994 `It is a welcome sign that serious international comparative housing analysis may finally be coming of age ... After reading this book, we know how seven international housing markets are structured and operate. We understand what caused the failures and successes of these seven housing policies. ' Bertrand Renaud, Journal of Housing Economics, 1994
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 15th June 1991
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68