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Job creation and housing construction: Constraints on metropolitan area employment growth

  • Saks, Raven E.
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    Differences in the supply of housing generate substantial variation in house prices across the United States. Because house prices influence migration, the elasticity of housing supply also has an important impact on local labor markets. I assemble evidence on housing supply regulations and examine their effect on metropolitan area housing and labor market dynamics. Locations with relatively few barriers to construction experience more residential construction and smaller increases in house prices in response to an increase in housing demand. Furthermore, housing supply constraints alter local employment and wage dynamics in locations where the degree of regulation is most severe.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Urban Economics.

    Volume (Year): 64 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 (July)
    Pages: 178-195

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:juecon:v:64:y:2008:i:1:p:178-195
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