Veranstaltungen

Bauen und Wohnen
7. Dez 2016

Cluster-Seminar Öffentliche Finanzen und Lebenslagen Distributional price effects of rent controls in Berlin

An enormous increase of initial rents in many German cities over the last decade has prompted the current grand coalition to implement a new rent control called "Mietpreisbremse" in 2015 (literally a brake on rental prices). This reform aims to stop exploding rents and to provide particularly more affordable rental housing in the lower and medium rental price segment. Since then, rental prices of re-lettings are capped at a local rental index in declared areas. As an exception, newly built ats or those that have been reconstructed extensively are not affected by the reform and landlords may always uphold the rent paid by previous tenant. I apply a classical difference-in-difference strategy and a new changes-in-changes model including covariates in order to analyze both average and distributional price effects of the intervention in Berlin. The basis for empirical results is data on newly offered rental prices from 2012 to 2016 that is also enhanced with the local rental index and previous rents. Thereby, I can define the range of effects one could reasonably expect beforehand. Results indicate that the reform indeed lowered initial rents temporarily. In contrast to the reforms intention, however, significant effects are found only in the upper price segment. The effects also fall short of anticipated expectation and fade out too fast. Meanwhile, newly offered rental prices even outrun the pre-reform level, which highlights the lack of enforcement supplementary. I will therefore argue that the reform so far has failed to meet the intended objective and is poorly targeted.

Referent/-in
  • Lorenz Thomschke

  • Zeit
    12:30 - 13:30
    Ort
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Raum 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Ansprechpartner/-in
    im DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 268
    5. Nov 2014

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar Sowing the Wind and Reaping the Whirlwind? The Effect of Wind Turbines on Residential Well-Being

    (together with Christian Krekel)
    This paper investigates the effects of wind turbines on residential well-being, using panel data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and a novel data set on wind turbines in Germany for the time period between 2000 and 2012. Using a Geographical Information System (GIS), it calculates the distance to wind turbines, measured as the Euclidean distance between households and the nearest wind turbine, as the most important determinant of their visual pollution. The depth of the novel data set, which has been collected at the regional level and which includes, besides the characteristics of the wind turbines, their construction date, allows to estimate the causal effects of wind turbines on residential well-being, using difference-in-difference propensity-score matching. Preliminary results suggest that the construction of wind turbines in a pre-defined buffer area of 4,000 metres around households has negative effects on the life satisfaction of household members. The results are robust to different buffer areas.

    Referent/-in
    Zeit
    12:30 - 13:30
    Ort
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Raum 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Ansprechpartner/-in
    im DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 461
    7. - 9. Oktober 2010

    Veranstaltung Jahrestagung 2010
    Ausschuss für Regionaltheorie und -politik

    Der Ausschuss für Regionaltheorie und -politik des Vereins für Socialpolitik wurde 1976 gegründet. In seinen jährlich stattfindenden Sitzungen widmet der Ausschuß sich der Theorie der räumlichen Wirtschaft, der empirischen Regionalforschung und den Problemen der Regionalpolitik in Deutschland und Europa.

    Keynote Speaker
  • Harald Wolf, Bürgermeister und Senator für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Frauen Prof. Dr. Hans Stimmann, Staatssekretär und Senatsbaudirektor a.D.
  • Ort
    DIW Berlin (Schumpeter Saal) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Ansprechpartner/-in
    im DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 352
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 321