15. Land Markets and Housing Policy

Working Group Coordinators

Berit Nordahl Berit.Nordahl@nmbu.no
Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Norwegian University of Life Science, Norway

Willem Korthals Altes W.K.KorthalsAltes@tudelft.nl
OTB - Research for the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Description of the Working Group

The working group addresses how policy and planning systems and (local) government institutions influence the supply of land for various categories of housing. Resulting from the interplay between market forces and national policies for housing and land use, the way land for housing is being provided varies largely across countries. Market mechanisms, policies for development gain and cost recovery, and the role of law and institutions in land markets might serve as key words. In more specific terms, the working group addresses models in which land is made available for housing and discusses commonalities and divergences across countries.

Of special interest is when policies evoke clashes with EU rules of the common market. Wherever such rules apply - it may help to find an effective balance between national land-related policies supporting social and affordable housing and the EU rules on State support and fair competition. International comparison and exchange may bring up suggestions for improving some national policies and practices.

The working group also assesses the workings of land markets. We have a special focus on urban land markets and welcome papers assessing the working of land markets, land price and land transactions. We also welcome papers studying the effect of land use planning, other governmental inventions including land owner structure on the working of land markets.

The working group is open for theoretical and empirical approaches. In theoretical respect, the Working Group welcomes a variety of approaches of markets, state intervention, institutional dynamics and governance, including new institutional economics, the theory of social origins of non-profit regimes, the perspective of Law and Economics, and so on.

Plans for the Workshop in Uppsala

We welcome contributions assessing the workings of land markets in relation to housing, as well as the nature of, and the effect of regulations and interventions. The topic of this group is cross disciplinary and we welcome contributions using various approaches and disciplines, such as, economy, sociology, planning, architecture and law.