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Housing Vouchers, Benefits and Allowances (VBAs): Comparing Rental Tools in the US, England and the Netherlands


  • Abiy Agiro
  • Jonathan Matusitz


This paper compares rental housing tools in the US, Britain and the Netherlands in order to determine the best strategy for enhancing rental housing accessibility. In doing so, the authors employ a 'tools approach' of governance paradigm, based on the work of Salamon's The Tools of Governance (2002). Rental housing tools are called housing vouchers in the US, housing benefits in Britain and housing allowances in the Netherlands. Overall, it was found that Britain and the Netherlands can learn from the US on means and ways of designing more efficient and fiscally responsible housing vouchers, benefits, and allowances (VBAs). The US, in turn, can learn from Britain and the Netherlands on means and needs of achieving higher equity and effectiveness. This analysis contributes in a meaningful way by addressing the missing middle link between policies and programs - namely, the tools perspective.

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  • Abiy Agiro & Jonathan Matusitz, 2011. "Housing Vouchers, Benefits and Allowances (VBAs): Comparing Rental Tools in the US, England and the Netherlands," International Journal of Housing Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(1), pages 71-88.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:intjhp:v:11:y:2011:i:1:p:71-88
    DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2011.548587

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    1. Marek PavlĂ­k, 2013. "The vouchers scheme as a mechanism of public support allocation in theory and practice," Working Papers 13, Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Department of Public Economics, revised Dec 2013.


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