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This document provides an overview of the housing system in Colombia, exploring its socioeconomic and financial determinants and offering recommendations to improve the collection of basic data on the construction sector, household socioeconomic conditions, and mortgage markets. The paper also estimates a simultaneous econometric model for the country's housing market using quarterly data over the period 1991-2004. On the demand side, we find that the area of approved licenses is highly elastic to households' disposable income, new housing prices and real interest rates on mortgage credit. On the supply side, we find high input-cost elasticity and a moderate response to wealth effects. These results prove to be robust to different proxies and diverse estimation procedures.
Using the 2003 and 2008 Quality of Life Surveys, this paper identifies the factors that affect housing tenure decisions in Colombia. Households with higher incomes are more likely to purchase than to rent, and the choice of formal housing is positively associated with wealth. Households eligible for social housing subsidies are more likely to purchase than to rent, and those working in the informa ... (View publication)
This paper analyzes the determinants of housing demand for Uruguay and the extent to which housing policies impact their target population. The paper first analyzes the determinants of housing demand Determinants of formality and ownership choices include both household demographic attributes and access to and use of public housing and other social programs. Policy recommendations are offered on t ... (View publication)
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