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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?

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  • Dascher Kristof

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    (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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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik).

Volume (Year): 225 (2005)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 482-498

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  1. Edward L. Glaeser & Joseph Gyourko, 2001. "Urban Decline and Durable Housing," Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers 1931, Harvard - Institute of Economic Research.
  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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