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Housing finance, prices, and tenure in Switzerland

  • Bourassa, Steven
  • Hoesli, Martin
  • Scognamiglio, Donato

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 level. This paper presents the main aspects of housing policy and finance in Switzerland, which can help to explain these idiosyncrasies. House prices and rents are also analyzed. The policies that are discussed in this paper may be useful to housing policy makers in other countries.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 45990.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Real Estate Literature 2.18(2010): pp. 263-282
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:45990
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  1. Steven C. BOURASSA & Martin HOESLI & Donato SCOGNAMIGLIO & Philippe SORMANI, 2008. "Constant-Quality House Price Indexes for Switzerland," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 08-10, Swiss Finance Institute.
  2. Patric H. Hendershott & Joel Slemrod, 1982. "Taxes and the User Cost of Capital for Owner-Occupied Housing," NBER Working Papers 0929, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Angela Black & Patricia Fraser & Martin Hoesli, 2006. "House Prices, Fundamentals and Bubbles," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(9-10), pages 1535-1555.
  4. Steven C. Bourassa & Martin Hoesli, 2006. "Why Do the Swiss Rent?," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 07-04, Swiss Finance Institute.
  5. Philippe Thalmann, 1999. "Which is the appropriate administrative level to promote home ownership?," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 135(I), pages 3-20, March.
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