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Il social housing in Europa


  • Massimo Baldini


  • Marta Federici



This paper aims to provide an overview of practice and policies in social housing sector in the European Union. In order to establish meaningful comparisons between Member States – that are characterized by a great heterogeneity in housing systems – first of all we present a definition of social housing, according to its distinctive elements. After a brief historical review, the paper analyses: the role of social housing, the al location criteria, the providers and the sources of financing. Then, some recent social and economics trends are examined: on the one hand these have determined an important need of houses at affordable prices, and on the other hand have induced providers – both public and private – to diversify and broaden their areas of intervention. Finally the paper focus on some relevant EU countries: France, UK, Netherlands and Sweden

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  • Massimo Baldini & Marta Federici, 2011. "Il social housing in Europa," Department of Economics 0652, University of Modena and Reggio E., Faculty of Economics "Marco Biagi".
  • Handle: RePEc:mod:depeco:0652

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    Social housing; housing policies; European Union;

    JEL classification:

    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets
    • R28 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Government Policy
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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