Socio-Economic Effects of Affordable Housing on the Working Poor of India

Affordable housing in India

Project Summary

RAND examined the socio-economic effects of affordable housing on the working poor of India.


Providing affordable housing is a pressing policy issue for many emerging (as well as developed) economies. Understanding the socio-economic effects on the working poor of moving into such dwellings would allow policymakers to better assess the effectiveness of investments in housing and improve current policy solutions.

RAND, in collaboration with the Indian School of Business, assessed these effects in the context of the Ashray Affordable Housing Program in India. The program is an excellent example of the recent private-sector initiative by the Center for Emerging Market Solutions (CEMS) of the Indian School of Business (ISB) to build houses in peri-urban areas on the outskirts of large metropolises.

Rockefeller Foundation