Forty years of rent control

Reexamining New Jersey's moderate local policies after the great recession

Joshua D. Ambrosius, John I. Gilderbloom, William J. Steele, Wesley Meares, Dennis Keating

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Abstract

This study replicates, using 2010 Census data, and extends past work on moderately rent-controlled municipalities in New Jersey, which began policies to stabilize rents while allowing landlords modest returns in the 1970s. Our approach compares controlled and non-controlled communities over 10,000 persons; and regresses rental housing characteristics (rent and quality/quantity) on two measures of rent control: nominal (1/0) and ordinal (an index of policy diversity/strength). Because the decade 2000-2010 was unique due to the housing bubble and recession, we expand previous analyses by introducing two additional dependent variables: changes in property values, which may be affected by restrictions on rents; and foreclosure rates, a problem affecting investors and a proxy for abandonment. We find that these 40-year-old policies do not exert any statistically-significant effects on their communities' housing markets once other factors are controlled-a finding which has implications for affordable housing and advocacy in New Jersey and beyond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-133
Number of pages13
JournalCities
Volume49
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Affordable housing
  • Foreclosures
  • Housing policy
  • Rent control
  • Rental housing

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Forty years of rent control : Reexamining New Jersey's moderate local policies after the great recession. / Ambrosius, Joshua D.; Gilderbloom, John I.; Steele, William J.; Meares, Wesley; Keating, Dennis.

In: Cities, Vol. 49, 01.12.2015, p. 121-133.

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Ambrosius, Joshua D. ; Gilderbloom, John I. ; Steele, William J. ; Meares, Wesley ; Keating, Dennis. / Forty years of rent control : Reexamining New Jersey's moderate local policies after the great recession. In: Cities. 2015 ; Vol. 49. pp. 121-133.
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