Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125147
Authors: 
Kholodilin, Konstantin A.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1530
Abstract: 
The paper aims at measuring the rental housing market regulations in Germany between 1913 and 2015. Four classes of housing policy are considered: Rent controls, tenant protection, rationing of housing, and fostering of social housing. Based on a thorough analysis of federal and regional legislation, for each class, an index is constructed, increasing in degree of regulation. The average of class-specific indices make up a composite index. The index reflects dramatic increases in regulations during and immediately after the World Wars. Likewise, the 2010s are characterized by a surge in virtually all classes of regulations in Germany related to the growing housing scarcity in large cities due to intra- and international migration leading to a geographical mismatch between housing supply and demand.
Subjects: 
housing policy
rental housing
Germany
regulation index
JEL: 
K23
N9
R30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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