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Housing finance, prices, and tenure in Switzerland

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

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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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  • Bourassa, Steven & Hoesli, Martin & Scognamiglio, Donato, 2010. "Housing finance, prices, and tenure in Switzerland," MPRA Paper 45990, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Hanna Augustyniak & Jacek Łaszek & Krzysztof Olszewski & Joanna Waszczuk, 2013. "To Rent or to Buy – Analysis of Housing Tenure Choice Determined by Housing Policy," Ekonomia journal, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, vol. 33.
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    7. Diego Ardila & Peter Cauwels & Dorsa Sanadgol & Didier Sornette, 2013. "Is There A Real Estate Bubble in Switzerland?," Papers 1303.4514, arXiv.org.
    8. Dirk Drechsel, 2015. "Housing Cycles in Switzerland - A Time-Varying Approach," KOF Working papers 15-381, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.

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    Keywords

    Housing finance; house prices; homeownership; Switzerland;

    JEL classification:

    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location
    • R38 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Government Policy

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