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Housing Policy Towards the Rental Sector in Italy: A Distributive Assessment

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  • Massimo Baldini
  • Teresio Poggio

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We study the distributive effects on Italian households of the three most relevant housing subsidies targeted to renters: a national rent supplement scheme introduced in the context of the reform that liberalised the rental market in the late 1990s, a tax credit for renters that has been recently strengthened and the implicit economic support given to tenants in the social housing sector, through below-market rents. The analysis is performed on data from the Eu-Silc survey for Italy and, in the case of the housing allowances, also on register data from 9 out of the 13 largest Italian towns. We consider, in particular, the ability of these schemes to target low-income households and their effects on the overall levels of poverty and inequality. Results from our analysis show a good targeting but very limited effect on social protection, with the partial exception of social housing.

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  • Massimo Baldini & Teresio Poggio, 2012. "Housing Policy Towards the Rental Sector in Italy: A Distributive Assessment," Housing Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(5), pages 563-581.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:chosxx:v:27:y:2012:i:5:p:563-581
    DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2012.697549
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    JEL classification:

    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • R2 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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