Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
Recent years there has been discussed how the critical situation in the housing market threatens the Stockholm region's growth. The thesis objective is to examine whether there is a scientific link between the lack of housing supply and growth. The thesis also intends to identify solutions for increased housing construction, for instance by examining the conditions for a greater regional perspective and influence on the region's housing supply. The thesis empirical study is based on semi-structured interviews with representatives from the Government, municipalities and the housing industry.
In Sweden, research on the relationship between housing shortages and growth has not been conducted to that extent it can be said to exist scientific evidence regarding the growth threat. However, in Britain and the U.S, empirical studies show that a lack of housing supply has hindered growth through negative impact on countries' gross domestic product. The study identifies municipal special requirements, complex planning process, long delays and high production costs as some of the barriers for increased house production. Finally, I would like to argue that an increased regional influence may be a way to get all municipalities in the Stockholm region to take responsibility for the region's housing supply as a stepping stone to a housing market in balance.
Keywords: Housing supply, housing construction, housing market, growth, regional planning