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Transferring ownership of public housing to existing tenants: A market design approach

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  • Andersson, Tommy
  • Ehlers, Lars
  • Svensson, Lars-Gunnar

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This paper explores a housing market with an existing tenant in each house and where the existing tenants initially rent their houses. The idea is to identify equilibrium prices for the housing market given the prerequisite that a tenant can buy any house on the housing market, including the one that he is currently possessing, or continue renting the house he is currently occupying. The main contribution is the identification of an individually rational, equilibrium selecting, and group non-manipulable price mechanism in a restricted preference domain that contains almost all preference profiles. In this restricted domain, the identified mechanism is the minimum price equilibrium selecting mechanism that transfers the maximum number of ownerships to the existing tenants. We also relate the theoretical model and the main findings to the U.K. Housing Act 1980 whose main objective is to transfer ownerships of houses to existing tenants.

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  • Andersson, Tommy & Ehlers, Lars & Svensson, Lars-Gunnar, 2016. "Transferring ownership of public housing to existing tenants: A market design approach," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 165(C), pages 643-671.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:165:y:2016:i:c:p:643-671
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2016.07.004
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    Existing tenants; Equilibrium; Minimum equilibrium prices; Maximum trade; Group non-manipulability;
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    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation

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