Residential Mobility and Housing Policy : Continuity and Change in the Swedish Housing Regime

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Title Residential Mobility and Housing Policy : Continuity and Change in the Swedish Housing Regime
Author Bengtsson, Bo ; Håkansson, Peter G. ; Karpestam, Peter
Editor Håkansson, Peter Gladoic ; Bohman, Helena
Date 2019
English abstract
Transaction costs, responsive housing supply, rent controls, tenant protection, and access to credit affect residential mobility these different parts of housing policy are included in what has been defined as housing regimes, which embrace regulations, laws, norms, and ideology as well as economic factors. In this chapter, we investigate how these regimes change by using institutional theories of path dependence. We use Sweden as an example and study three Swedish housing market reforms during the past decades that may have affected residential mobility, each related to one of the main institutional pillars of housing provision: tenure legislation, taxation, and finance. More precisely, we study the development of the rental regulation since the late 1960s, the tax reform in 1991, and the new reforms on mortgages since 2010. What caused these reforms? What were the main mechanisms behind them, and why did they occur at the time they did? We argue, besides affecting residential mobility, these reforms have the common feature of including interesting elements of path dependence and forming critical junctures that have led the development on to a new path. Institutions of tenure legislation, housing finance, and taxation are often claimed to have effects on residential mobility. Although they are seldom designed with the explicit aim of supporting (or counteracting) residential mobility, they may sometimes do so as more or less unintended consequences.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78973-941-120191009 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Emerald
Host/Issue Investigating Spatial Inequalities: Mobility, Housing and Employment in Scandinavia and South-East Europe
ISBN 9781789739428
Language eng (iso)
Subject Path dependence
housing regime
change
rent-setting
taxation
finance policy
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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