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Non-Manipulable House Allocation with Rent Control

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  • Andersson, Tommy

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Svensson, Lars-Gunnar

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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In many real-life house allocation problems, rents are bounded from above by price ceilings imposed by a government or a local administration. This is known as rent control. Because some price equilibria may be disqualified given such restrictions, this paper proposes an alternative equilibrium concept, called rationing price equilibrium, tailored to capture the specific features of housing markets with rent control. An allocation rule that always selects a rationing price equilibrium is defined, and it is demonstrated to be ``efficient" and (group) non-manipulable for ``almost all" preference profiles. In its bounding cases, the rule reduces to a number of well-known mechanisms from the matching literature. In this sense, the housing market with rent control investigated in this paper integrates several of the predominant matching models into a more general framework.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012:18.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 28 Jun 2012
Date of revision: 10 Jun 2013
Publication status: Published as Andersson, Tommy and Lars-Gunnar Svensson, 'Non-Manipulable House Allocation with Rent Control' in Econometrica, 2014, pages 507-539.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2012_018

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Keywords: House allocation; rent control; rationing; rationing price equilibrium; priority efficiency; non-manipulability;

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Cited by:
  1. Shuhei Morimoto & Shigehiro Serizawa, 2012. "Strategy-proofness and Efficiency with Nonquasi-linear Preferences: A Characterization of Minimum Price Walrasian Rule," ISER Discussion Paper 0852, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  2. Andersson, Tommy & Ehlers, Lars & Svensson, Lars-Gunnar, 2014. "Transferring Ownership of Public Housing to Existing Tenants: A Mechanism Design Approach," Working Papers 2014:23, Lund University, Department of Economics.
  3. Tommy Andersson & Zaifu Yang & Dongmo Zhang, 2014. "How to Efficiently Allocate Houses under Price Controls?," Discussion Papers 14/05, Department of Economics, University of York.
  4. Zaifu Yang & Dongmo Zhang, 2013. "On a Fundamental Property of Talman-Yang's Auction under Price Control," Discussion Papers 13/06, Department of Economics, University of York.

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