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Social housing finance in Colombia

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  • María Angélica Arbeláez

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  • Carolina Camacho
  • Johanna Fajardo

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In this paper we explore the role played by policy instruments on the access to housing finance of low-income households. We also analyze the impact of housing credit and subsidies on the quality of life and the quality of dwelling of the beneficiaries. Using the Quality of Life Surveys conducted in Colombia in 2003 and 2008, we find that policy instruments aimed at easing access of low-income households to affordable housing such as subsidies and guaranteed loans have played a modest role in increasing the use of mortgage as a source of funding. Despite this, we show that subsidies have had a significant impact on both the quality of dwelling and the quality of life. Therefore, this paper suggests promoting the use of both instruments by improving theirdesign and targeting.

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Paper provided by FEDESARROLLO in its series INFORMES DE INVESTIGACIÓN with number 009057.

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Length: 44
Date of creation: 30 Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:col:000124:009057

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Keywords: Construcción; Vivienda; Financiamiento de la vivienda; Colombia;

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  1. Mauricio Cardenas & Alejandro Badel, 2003. "La crisis de financiamiento hipotecario en Colombia: Causas y consecuencias," Research Department Publications, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department 4355, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
  2. Ricardo Rocha & Fabio Sánchez Torres & Jorge Tovar, 2007. "Informalidad del mercado de crédito para la vivienda de interés social," DOCUMENTOS CEDE, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE 003883, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
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