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Housing allowances in comparative perspective$
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Peter Kemp

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347541

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347541.001.0001

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Housing allowances in France

Housing allowances in France

(p.134) (p.135) seven Housing allowances in France
Housing allowances in comparative perspective

Madhu Satsangi

Policy Press

For most of the past 60 years, France has had two housing allowance regimes, one for market-priced housing and one linked to the country's intricate system of housing capital subsidies. Neither allowance regime has paid 100% of housing costs. How has this system evolved? What are its market impacts and distributional consequences? This chapter reviews of the main features of the French system of income-related housing allowances. It identifies the context of that system in the country's welfare state and then looks at the design of the system and how it is intended to operate. The third main section looks at the key impacts of housing allowances in France. The chapter then discusses evidence for the failings of the system while the concluding section summarises the main points discussed.

Keywords:   housing assistance, housing policy, social welfare, market-priced housing, housing capital subsidies

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