Rent control: A review of the evidence base

Gibb, K. , Soaita, A. M. and Marsh, A. (2022) Rent control: A review of the evidence base. Project Report. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).

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Rent control has been with us for more than 100 years. It has been controversial and keenly debated ever since, and it remains a critical fault line in housing policy debates. With this in mind, CaCHE decided to undertake a large-scale international evidence review incorporating both economics and wider social sciences literature from 2000 to 2020. Careful assessment of these two ‘cultures’ can provide some shared learning and lessons. Economic thinking on rent control, in particular, is not the homogenous mass dismissal that it is often thought to be and we try to better understand that diversity and where it might take us. The authors also recognise that there has been little if any empirical UK literature in this area since the 1980s. This review is a timely one, given the increasing interest in rent control within think tanks, in London, Wales, and especially in Scotland, where the government intends to introduce a national, effective model of rent control by 2025. The report will be a valuable contribution to these policy debates and includes lessons it might give for a government, like that of Scotland, contemplating the design of some form of rent control.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Additional Information:We gratefully acknowledge the support of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (grant number: ES/P008852/1).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Soaita, Dr Adriana Mihaela and Gibb, Professor Ken
Authors: Gibb, K., Soaita, A. M., and Marsh, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Publisher:UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300119UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)Kenneth GibbEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P008852/1S&PS - Urban Studies