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Gimme Shelter. Public Housing Programs and Industrialization. The INA-Casa plan, Italy

Alberto Dalmazzo (), Guido de Blasio () and Samuele Poy ()

Department of Economics University of Siena from Department of Economics, University of Siena

Abstract: We model the impact of public housing supply on local development by using a spatial equilibrium model with a “share-altering” technological shift from agriculture to manufacturing. The model shows that a larger local availability of houses triggers greater population growth and, consequently, industrialization. It also suggests that these effects are stronger in places that exhibited, prior to the public housing plan, relatively higher population density. These implications are broadly confirmed by an empirical evaluation of the INA-Casa plan, a program implemented by the Italian government in the aftermath of WWII.

Keywords: Housing policy; urbanization; industrialization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O14 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-06
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