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Rent Control Effects through the Lens of Empirical Research: An Almost Complete Review of the Literature

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Konstantin A. Kholodilin

In: Journal of Housing Economics (2024), 101983, im Ersch. [online first: 2024-02-20]


Rent control is a highly debated social policy that has been omnipresent since World War I. Since the 2010s, it is experiencing a true renaissance, for many cities and countries facing chronic housing shortages are desperately looking for solutions, directing their attention to controling housing rents and other restrictive policies. Is rent control useful or does it create more damage than utility? To answer this question, we need to identify the effects of rent control. This study reviews a large empirical literature investigating the impact of rent controls on various socioeconomic and demographic aspects. Rent controls appear to be quite effective in terms of slowing the growth of rents paid for dwellings subject to control. However, this policy also leads to a wide range of adverse effects affecting the whole society.

Konstantin A. Kholodilin

Research Associate in the Macroeconomics Department

Keywords: rent control, meta-analysis, housing markets, construction, quality

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