The Routledge Handbook of Housing Economics

Kenneth Gibb (Editor), Chris Leishman (Editor), Alex Marsh (Editor), Geoffrey Meen (Editor), J. Rachel Ong Vifor (Editor), Craig Watkins (Editor)

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The Routledge Handbook of Housing Economics brings together an international panel of contributors to present a comprehensive overview of this important field within economics. Housing occupies an increasingly central role in modern society, dominating consumer assets and spending, forming an important part of social policy and being a large enough market to impact the macroeconomy. This handbook tackles these themes, along with other critical issues such as intergenerational housing inequality and the efficiency and social justice of housing interventions. This volume is structured in four main parts. It starts with eight chapters in microeconomics and housing. This is followed by two shorter sections on macroeconomics and finance. The final main part of the book is concerned with eight chapters on policy dimensions. While many of the chapters are rooted in mainstream economics and finance applied to housing, there are also chapters stressing institutional, behavioural and political economy orientations, as well as those that explicitly challenge more mainstream accounts. The contributing authors are based in Europe, North America and Australia and all draw in international literature to provide state of the art reviews of their topics. This carefully curated handbook will be essential reading for advanced students, researchers and policy makers in housing economics, urban economics, urban planning, public economics and real estate economics and finance. Chapter 22 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages350
ISBN (Electronic)9780429327339
ISBN (Print)9780367347178
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Economics,Econometrics and Finance
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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