Housing Assignment with Restrictions: Theory and Evidence from Stanford University's Campus
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AbstractThis paper studies housing markets where a subset of houses in a restricted area is available exclusively to a subset of "eligible" buyers. An empirical part shows that houses on Stanford campus (available only to faculty) trade at substantial discounts to comparable houses off campus. The theoretical part describes an assignment model with heterogeneous houses and buyers which predicts such discounts if the matchup of quality and buyer pools is sufficiently different inside versus outside the restricted area. The restriction can distort allocations by making eligible buyers choose either higher or lower qualities than ineligible buyers with the same characteristics.
Citation2014. "Housing Assignment with Restrictions: Theory and Evidence from Stanford University's Campus." American Economic Review, 104(5): 67-72. DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.5.67
- I23 Higher Education; Research Institutions
- R21 Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics: Housing Demand
- R31 Housing Supply and Markets
- R38 Production Analysis and Firm Location: Government Policy