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Public Housing Units vs. Housing Vouchers: Accessibility, Local Public Goods, and Welfare

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  • Charles Ka Yui Leung

    (City University of Hong Kong)

  • Sinan Sarpca

    (Koc University)

  • Kuzey Yilmaz

    (University of Rochester)

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We develop a general equilibrium model of residential choice and study the effects of two housing aid policies, public housing units and housing vouchers. Land is differentiated by both residential accessibility and local public goods, and the provision levels of local public goods are determined by property tax revenues and neighborhood compositions. Households differ in their incomes and preferences for local public goods. Housing aid policies are financed by general income taxes. We discuss how the location of public housing units is a fundamental policy variable, in addition to the numbers and sizes of units, and argue that vouchers not only cause less distortion for social welfare compared to public housing, but may also improve overall welfare.

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  • Charles Ka Yui Leung & Sinan Sarpca & Kuzey Yilmaz, 2012. "Public Housing Units vs. Housing Vouchers: Accessibility, Local Public Goods, and Welfare," RCER Working Papers 574, University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER).
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    1. Leung, Tin Cheuk & Tsang, Kwok Ping, 2012. "Love thy neighbor: Income distribution and housing preferences," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 21(4), pages 322-335.
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    Keywords

    Public housing; housing vouchers; housing policy; welfare; residential location choice; local public goods; endogenous sorting;

    JEL classification:

    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • H82 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Governmental Property
    • R13 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General Equilibrium and Welfare Economic Analysis of Regional Economies

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