The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Urban Housing Demand

  • Todd Sinai
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95189-5_2666

Abstract

Urban housing demand is a reflection of households’ desire to live in cities. In this article, I discuss possible reasons why US households have exhibited an increasing taste for urban living, including employment, urban amenities, and consumption opportunities. Next, I explain how growing urban housing demand led to rising house prices and a sorting of households across cities by income. That dynamic generated a divergence across housing markets in the value of the tax subsidy to owner-occupied housing as well as housing market risk. Those factors, in turn, had a feedback effect on urban housing demand.

Keywords

Housing markets Housing supply Housing tax subsidies Internet, economics of Monocentric city models Population growth Preference externalities Productivity growth Superstar cities Urban housing demand Willingness-to-pay 

JEL Classification

R21 
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  • Todd Sinai
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