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Effects of Tax Reform on the Demand for Owner-Occupied Housing: A Microsimulation Approach
University of California at Irvine, Industrial Institute for Economic and Social Research (Stockholm).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
1984 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper analyzes the effects on the demand for owner-occupied housing that are likely to result from the Swedish 1983-85 tax reform. This is done by means of a microsimulation model which takes into account the dichotomous nature of the demand for housing: the consumers choose the mode of tenure (owning versus renting) as well as the quantity of housing conditional on the choice of the mode of tenure. The tax reform consists of a general reduction of marginal tax rates (i.e. an increase in disposable income) together with limitations in the deductibility of mortgage interests. The simulations show that this will cause an increase in home-ownership in the sense that more households will demand owner-occupied housing. At the same time, however, the households will demand smaller houses in the average, and thus aggregate demand for small and medium-sized units will increase while demand for large units will fall sharply.

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Stockholm: IIES , 1984. , 43 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, ISSN 0347-8769 ; 295
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41316OAI: diva2:329467
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