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Housing, urban growth and inequalities: The limits to deregulation and upzoning in reducing economic and spatial inequality

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  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
  • Michael Storper

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A growing amount of research explores how the allocation of regional development monies follows electoral reasons. Yet, the existing literature on distributive politics provides different and contrasting expectations on which geographical areas will be targeted. We focus on proportional representation (PR) systems. While in such settings governments have incentives to target core districts and punish foes', we suggest that when incumbents attempt to build a state-party image they may broaden the territorial allocation of benefits and even target opposition out-groups. We exploit data on Turkey's public transport investment for the period 2003-2014 and in-depth interviews to provide results in support of our hypothesis.

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  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Michael Storper, 2019. "Housing, urban growth and inequalities: The limits to deregulation and upzoning in reducing economic and spatial inequality," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1914, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised May 2019.
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    Keywords

    Cities; housing; regulation; urban planning; economic growth; inequality; migration;
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    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets

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