December 19, 2023

Quantifying Misallocation of Public Housing

We investigate how public housing in the Netherlands is distributed among households, and explore the role of the applied non-market allocation mechanism (regionally centralised waiting lists). To this end, we compare the actual allocation of public housing to an alternative allocation according to willingness to pay.

Older households, larger households, and households born in the region in which they live appear to inhabit larger and more valuable homes than would be the case if the housing were allocated according to willingness to pay. This is coupled with lower housing consumption for younger households, single-person households and households from outside the region.


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Hans Koster, VU
Jos van Ommeren, VU