Reflections on the nature and policy implications of planning restrictions on housing supply. Discussion of 'Planning policy, planning practice, and housing supply' by Kate Barker
AbstractPlanning is about other things as well, but it is fundamentally an economic activity. It allocates a scarce resource but independently of prices or any market information. In analysing the effects this allocative mechanism has on housing supply (or, indeed, the supply of buildings for any given use), we need to think carefully about what exactly it is that planning allocates and whether, in its operation, it creates a constraint on the supply of what it is allocating. In the British case, our planning system does not operate on the supply of housing directly, but indirectly via the constraint imposed on land supply. Given the income elasticity of demand for space this has policy implications perhaps even more serious than is acknowledged by Barker
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- Paul Cheshire, 2008. "Reflections on the nature and policy implications of planning restrictions on housing supply. Discussion of 'Planning policy, planning practice, and housing supply' by Kate Barker," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 30762, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
- H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
- Q24 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Land
- R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
- R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
- R38 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Government Policy
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