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Area income, construction year and mobility of renters in Sweden: two hypotheses about the impact of rent control
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3133-6469
2023 (English)In: International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, ISSN 1753-8270, E-ISSN 1753-8289, Vol. 16, no 7, p. 1-26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – This paper aims to test two hypotheses related to the supposedly negative impact of rent controlon residential mobility: the mobility of renters is, first, negatively related to how attractive their residentialareas are and, second, relatively high for renters living in properties built after 2005.Design/methodology/approach – This paper estimates logit and multinomial logit regressions andmodels household moves. The multinomial logit regressions separate between short- and long-distance movesand between moves to rentals and to owned dwellings. This paper uses the “relative income” of the tenants’residential areas to proxy area attractiveness. This paper estimates regressions for entire Sweden and thethree largest “commuting” regions and municipalities, respectively.Findings – The full sample provides support of both hypotheses in all regressions. Hypothesis one getsstronger support for moves to other rentals than moves to owned dwellings but about equally strong supportfor short- and long-distance moves. Hypothesis one obtains strongest support in Gothenburg municipalitywhile hypothesis two obtains strongest support in the Malmö region. Also, hypothesis two obtains strongersupport for short-distance moves than long-distance moves and slightly stronger support for moves to owneddwellings than those to rented dwellings.Research limitations/implications – This paper does not estimate “how much” rent control affectsmobility, and results cannot be used to design specific rent setting policies. Results may be sensitive to howdifferent types of moves are defined.Practical implications – Efforts to reform rent setting policies in Sweden are encouraged.Originality/value – To the best of the author’s knowledge, this paper’s two hypotheses are not testedbefore in Sweden and can be tested without control groups

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023. Vol. 16, no 7, p. 1-26
Keywords [en]
Location, Sweden, Mobility, Residential mobility, Presumtion rents, Rent control
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Economics
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Real estate science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-51039DOI: 10.1108/ijhma-11-2021-0120ISI: 000780292300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85129185974OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-51039DiVA, id: diva2:1651398
Available from: 2022-04-11 Created: 2022-04-11 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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