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.
How municipalities can create valuable location for housing