Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
Cecilia Enström Öst
Bostadsbidrag och trångboddhet. Har 1997 års bostadsbidragsreform förbättrat bostadssituationen för barnen?
Abstract: One major goal of the Swedish housing allowance system is
to prevent families with children from living overcrowded. The share of
children living overcrowded among the Swedish recipient households,
however, has increased between 1994 and 2002 by almost 15 percent. At the
same time, a number of studies have reported that families with children
have become increasingly unsatisfied with their housing situation and it
seems as if the housing situation for families with children is becoming
The purpose of this report is to examine whether the
Swedish housing allowance reform in 1997 has had an effect on the share of
households with children living overcrowded. That is, have the households
adjusted their housing consumption and moved into crowded housing as a
result of the decreased amount of housing allowance?
Data for this
study is extracted from the Swedish National Insurance Board’s databank on
housing allowance recipients and the analysis is focused on families with
children. The result from this study suggests that the constraint on
dwelling size lead to a 40 percent increase of moving into cramped housing.
The conclusion is that the Swedish housing allowance reform has had a
checking effect on households’ housing consumption and eventually a
negative effect on children’s housing situation.
Keywords: housing allowance reform; children's housing situation; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D10; I38; J13; (follow links to similar papers)
24 pages, December 2006
ISSN 1652-120X ISBN 13: 978-91-89655-97-3, ISBN 10: 91-89655-97-4
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