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The top tail of the property wealth distribution and the production of the residential environment

Paccoud, Antoine (2020) The top tail of the property wealth distribution and the production of the residential environment. International Journal of Housing Policy, 20 (1). 100 - 119. ISSN 1461-6718

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Identification Number: 10.1080/19491247.2019.1658562

Abstract

This article investigates the ways in which the structure of the private ownership of property affects the operation of land and housing markets. It draws on detailed Land Registry data to identify the types of actors found at the top of the property wealth distribution in Dudelange, Luxembourg, and to gauge their respective influence on the production of the residential environment. While the top tail is made up of property developers, landowners and super-landlords, an analysis of the planning and land assembly processes for six large scale residential developments in the city since the 1970s shows that the production of housing is driven by a small group of tightly interconnected private landowners and property developers. The level of property wealth concentration in a given territory is thus not innocuous – it affects the production of the residential environment, especially when multiple property ownership is interlinked with the concentrated control over residential land. The study complements discussions on the relation between property, wealth and the production of housing that focus on homeowners, small-scale private landlords and the super-rich (on the consumption side) and, on the production side, on selected actors such as financialised property developers and public landowners.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/reuj20/current
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: Geography & Environment
LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2020 23:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102276

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