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Dodging the burden of proof: a reply to Manville, Lens and Mönkkönen

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 and Storper, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-8354-792X (2022) Dodging the burden of proof: a reply to Manville, Lens and Mönkkönen. Urban Studies, 59 (1). 59 - 74. ISSN 0042-0980

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0042098020948793


Manville, Lens, Mönkkönen’s reply to our ‘Housing, urban growth and inequalities’ Urban Studies article is welcome. However, it fails to engage with our two main criticisms of the housing-as-opportunity literature: that (a) deregulation and upzoning in large and dynamic cities are unlikely to benefit those at the bottom of the income pyramid facing the greatest affordability problems; and that (b) greater deregulation will not facilitate interregional migration from low opportunity regions to booming cities, thus having no discernible impact on within-city and cross-regional inequality. We also argue that because they publicly endorse legislation making bold claims in this respect, the burden of proof lies on them and others who propose sweeping policy experiments with our cities.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Urban Studies Journal Limited
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2022 09:27
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2024 00:27

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