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Distributive Aspects of Public Expenditure on Housing in Spain

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  • Maria Martínez
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    The housing market in Spain has been subject to substantial upheavals over the past two decades. House prices have risen sharply, making it extremely difficult for large sectors of the population to have access to housing. This study has been carried out from the standpoint of the objective of equity that all housing policy should pursue in order to favour access to housing for all citizens. An analysis will be made on whether intervention in Spain's housing market, through the different budget items earmarked to that end, leads to an improvement in the distribution of income. The results obtained in this study imply that the overall implications of direct public expenditure on housing are positive, that they help to reduce inequality, not to a great extent, but, nonetheless, significantly and with a strong progressive element in terms of vertical equity.

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    Article provided by Taylor and Francis Journals in its journal European Journal of Housing Policy.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 (December)
    Pages: 237-253

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjhp:v:5:y:2005:i:3:p:237-253

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    Keywords: Housing policy; public expenditure; redistribution; Spain;

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