Room for Development

Room for Development : Housing Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Latin American and Caribbean countries are the most urban in the developing world and have very high home ownership rates. Many cities in the region also show high average family incomes for developing world standards. However, despite these accomplishments, many of the region's inhabitants are still poorly housed. Of the 124 million families living in the region's cities, five million rely on another family for shelter; three million live in houses that are beyond repair; and a remaining 31 million live in houses that lack either title, water, sewerage, adequate flooring, or sufficient space. Most of these dwellings and many more otherwise satisfactory homes are located in neighborhoods that lack many basic urban amenities. This book looks at both the determinants and consequences of these poor housing outcomes. Housing and neighborhood conditions strongly influence health, nutrition, education, and environmental outcomes, along with access to economic opportunities and vulnerability to social ills.The book examines, with new data sources and rigorous analytical methods presented in an accessible way, the three main related factors usually identified as key determinants of the region's poor housing outcomes: high housing prices relative to family income, lack of access to mortgage credit, and high land prices. The book also looks at the role of government policies and regulations as well as public housing programs, both at the local and federal level, in shaping housing outcomes in the region.
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  • Electronic book text
  • United Kingdom
  • 1137031468
  • 9781137031464

About Inter-American Development Bank

THE INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB) is an international institution created in 1959 to foster economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB is the main source of multilateral financing and expertise for sustainable economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cesar P. Bouillonis a lead research economist in the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. A native of Peru, he received a doctorate in economics from Georgetown University. His research focuses on development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean countries. Recently he has been working in topics related to housing, land markets and poverty, social mobility, early childhood development, remittances and poverty, multidimensional poverty measurement, poverty reduction program design, evaluation and targeting, among others.
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Table of contents

Dirt Floors and Unpaved Streets: Why Housing Markets Matter Portrait of a Problem: The Housing Sector Two Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, and a Big Yard? Housing Demand in Latin America and the Caribbean To Buy or Not to Buy: Expanding the Rental Housing Market Digging up the Truth about Land Markets A Construction Industry in Need of Remodeling Too Small to Thrive: The Housing Finance Market Doing It Yourself Hammering Out a Housing Policy that Works
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