Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 249–269 | Cite as

The effectiveness of selected housing subsidies in the Czech Republic



The goal of this article is to evaluate the effectiveness of the new housing policy in the Czech Republic as an example of a transitional society after the collapse of communism. The first part provides a brief history of the housing policy dating back to 1918. The second part presents the results of empirical tests of effectiveness (or equity) of selected housing subsidies applied during the transition. As in other transitional countries, the considerable decrease in the financial affordability of housing after 1989 demanded an active housing policy. Housing subsidies, whether direct or implicit, were, however, often not well targeted. The economic subsidy from rent regulation, tax relief and housing allowances are especially assessed here.


Housing policy Welfare economics Subsidy effectiveness Transition economies 



The work on this article was supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, grant No. 403/09/1915.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of SociologyAcademy of SciencesPrague 1Czech Republic
  2. 2.OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility StudiesDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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