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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

The size of the private residential sector is more than half the housing stock in some countries but less than one tenth in others. This variation might be the result of sets of social, economic and institutional factors that have operated over many years. The observed differences may also be related to definitions and the ways that data are recorded and presented. Policy measures by governments that influence the composition of the housing stock and the supply of housing in various tenures may also have an impact. It is the last set of factors that is the focus of this presentation. The paper stems from research for Department of Communities and Local Government, Promoting Investment in Private Rented Housing International Comparisons (2010); ESRC, Knowledge Exchange Project, Boosting the Supply of Affordable Housing: Learning from other Countries (2013) both led by the speaker and work at CCHPR for Realdania, Denmark: The Private Rented Sector in the New Century – A Comparative Approach, (2010-2012).


Professor Michael Oxley


Michael Oxley is the new (from 1st Jan 2014) Director of the Cambridge Centre for Housing Planning Research (CCHPR). He was previously Professor of Housing at De Montfort University and he is a visiting Research Fellow at Delft University of Technology. He has published widely on housing policy, tenure and land use planning. He has a particular interest in housing economics and international policy comparisons and has conducted research for many funders including ESRC, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, national and local governments, and UN Habitat.

Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 - 16:00 to 17:00
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Ms Joanna Laver
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Mill Lane Room 7