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Zum Abriß des Wohnungsleerstands, oder: Schi Ida in ostdeutschen Städten? / On Demolition of Vacant Housing in East Germany: Why and For Whom?


  • Dascher Kristof

    () (Europa-Universität Viadrina, Große Scharrnstraße, D-15230, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)


Contemporary observers are unanimous in their interpretation of vacant housing in East Germany. According to these observers, vacant housing is due to East German households’ emigration to better labor markets, as well as to East German households’ desire for higher quality housing. In this paper we argue that vacant housing is also due to a lack of competition on East German housing markets, with high rent and large vacant housing as the obvious results. Rather than pursuing a hugely expensive policy of demolition policy makers should: (i) stop demolition and (ii) privatize housing.

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  • Dascher Kristof, 2005. "Zum Abriß des Wohnungsleerstands, oder: Schi Ida in ostdeutschen Städten? / On Demolition of Vacant Housing in East Germany: Why and For Whom?," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 225(4), pages 482-498, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:225:y:2005:i:4:p:482-498

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    1. Edward L. Glaeser & Joseph Gyourko, 2005. "Urban Decline and Durable Housing," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 113(2), pages 345-375, April.
    2. Franz, Peter, 2001. "Wohnungsleerstand in Ostdeutschland: differenzierte Betrachtung notwendig," Wirtschaft im Wandel, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), vol. 7(11), pages 263-267.
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    1. Kristof Dascher, 2011. "Beggar Thy Neighbour?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 12(2), pages 132-150, May.

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