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Ensuring access to essential services : demand-side housing subsidies


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  • Katsura, Harold M.
  • Romanik, Clare T.
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    This paper examines the strengths and weaknesses of demand-side subsidy approaches for improving poor households'access to housing services. It begins with a discussion of the rationale for stand-alone housing assistance programs, and a description of the ongoing transition away from traditional supply-side housing assistance to demand-side subsidies. The paper presents model demand-side approaches, but also draws on real world examples to highlight various aspects of program design related to targeting, transparency, price distortion, institutional capacity, administrative complexity, and funding. It also describes how variations in the design of housing-related subsidy programs can appear in response to philosophical, political, and resource considerations. The paperconcludes with a discussion of the appropriateness of different subsidy approaches for various situations.

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Social Protection Discussion Papers with number 25536.

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    Date of creation: 31 Dec 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:hdnspu:25536

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    Keywords: Banks&Banking Reform; Housing&Human Habitats; Public Sector Economics; Municipal Financial Management; Public&Municipal Finance;


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    Cited by:
    1. Janet Currie & Firouz Gahvari, 2007. "Transfers in Cash and In Kind: Theory Meets the Data," NBER Working Papers 13557, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.


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