The dynamics of spatial inequality in UK housing wealth

Levin, E.J. and Pryce, G. (2011) The dynamics of spatial inequality in UK housing wealth. Housing Policy Debate, 21(1), pp. 99-132. (doi: 10.1080/10511482.2010.534389)

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This paper investigates the dynamics of spatial inequality in gross housing wealth in the UK. Our results challenge recent research findings in the UK that suggest inexorable rises in housing wealth inequality. We argue that such findings are illusory, arising in part from the use of final period price levels to categorise areas into low and high house price locations. We use Monte Carlo simulations to illustrate the bias that final period categorisation introduces and we then estimate how gross housing wealth inequality changes over time using a battery of measures. All our results indicate that there is evidence of cycles in housing wealth inequality but no evidence of an upward trend. Most surprisingly, the cycles in inequality are found to be of very large amplitude and this may have important effects on consumption, work incentives and business formation. We also find that the entire distribution of house values has shifted which is likely to imply a growing gulf in housing wealth between owners and renters over the period considered.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pryce, Professor Gwilym and Levin, Dr Eric
Authors: Levin, E.J., and Pryce, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Policy Debate
ISSN (Online):2152-050X
Published Online:16 December 2010

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
471151Ideas FactoryGwilym PryceEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/F037716/1SPS - URBAN STUDIES