Getting Started: Identification
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“User Cost and Housing Tenure in Developing Countries.”
Malpezzi, S. and S. K. Mayo. 1987. Journal of Development Economics 25 (1): pp 197-220.

This paper reports on research conducted at the World Bank to increase understanding of developing country housing markets; in particular, of housing demand behavior. The objectives of the paper are (1) to briefly review recent evidence on housing demand parameters in developing countries, including new estimates for Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Jamiaca, Korea and the Philippines, and (2) to examine similarities and differences among cities in housing demand. The analysis emphasizes differences in housing demand by tenure (particularly for renters and owners, but also for squatters and non-squatters) and, paralleling the literature in developed countries, stresses the importance of accounting for the impact of income and relative prices on housing demand.

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