About Olivier SchöniOlivier Schöni is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern. His research interests include the analysis of housing policies, hedonic valuation methods, and how land-use and fiscal regulations affect sprawl patterns and the residential location of individuals.
Lack of affordable housing is a serious policy concern in many countries. In large prosperous cities such as London, New York, Beijing, or Tokyo, the affordability crisis is particularly acute. In these cities, households often live in excessively expensive and crammed spaces. Homeownership remains an unachievable dream for many. Not surprisingly, voters in these places pressure politicians into implementing policies that tackle the crisis.
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