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How municipalities can create valuable location for housing

Lars Marcus published an article together with Örjan Sjöberg, professor in Economic Geography at the Stockholm School of Economics, on “DN debatt” Sunday 2 December. It relates to the current debate about the pros and cons of a more market driven production of housing in Sweden. It makes the argument that whatever you believe here, one needs to realize that housing is a very particular good. Its value to a greater degree stems from the creation of location through professional urban planning and design than the quality of the housing unit in itself, which makes housing difficult to treat as a regular good. It also makes the argument that the awareness of this to a greater degree should inform the planning administrations of Swedish municipalities, since this probably constitutes the most value-adding practice by any public authority in Sweden.

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