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The Swiss Housing Market

  • Steven C. BOURASSA

    (University of Louisville)

  • Martin HOESLI

    (University of Geneva, University of Aberdeen and Bordeaux Management School)

  • Donato SCOGNAMIGLIO

    (IAZI / CIFI)

In contrast to many other countries, Switzerland generally has not seen soaring house prices in the 2000s and house prices have only recently started to diminish slightly. Also, Swiss authorities do not engage in trying to increase the homeownership rate much above its current relatively low level of 37.5%. In this paper, we present the main aspects of housing policy and finance in Switzerland which can help to explain these idiosyncrasies. We also analyze house prices and rents, and construct an index of residential land prices. The policies which are discussed in this paper may be useful to housing policy makers in other countries.

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Paper provided by Swiss Finance Institute in its series Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series with number 09-16.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
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Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp0916
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