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Housing Tenure in Ireland

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  • R. A. Somerville

    (Trinity College Dublin)

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    This paper investigates the sources of the extremely high level of owner occupation in Ireland. After using census data to explore the evolution of this phenomenon, the paper makes a cross-country comparison of owner occupation within the EU-15. Explanations are found for the high level of owner occupation that go beyond fiscal privilege to include wider microeconomic factors, as well as historical factors. Within the EU-15, the Irish housing stock is exceptional not just in the high incidence of owner occupation, but also in the small number of dwellings relative to population.

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    Article provided by Economic and Social Studies in its journal Economic and Social Review.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 107-134

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    Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:38:y:2007:i:1:p:107-134

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    1. L. Wade, 1988. "Review," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 58(1), pages 99-100, July.
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    1. Karl Whelan, 2010. "Policy Lessons from Ireland’s Latest Depression," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 41(2), pages 225-254.
    2. Jesús Fernández-Villaverde & Luis Garicano & Tano Santos, 2013. "Political Credit Cycles: The Case of the Eurozone," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 27(3), pages 145-66, Summer.

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