RAND Report Recommends Strategies For The Federal Government To Accelerate Innovation In Housing Industry
Feb 24, 2003
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This report examines the structure, characteristics, and motivations of major participants in the housing industry to explore how innovation might be accelerated. It identifies options and strategies for the federal government to consider as it attempts to further advance innovation in housing to make homes more affordable, durable, and safe. Housing is the largest component of the nation's physical wealth, representing nearly 20 percent of the nation's gross domestic product. Therefore, innovation in that industry would contribute positively to increase productivity and provide benefits to a broad range of participants, including homebuilders, manufacturers, insurers, regulators, and homeowners. The federal government has been involved in promoting housing innovation for more than three decades , investing in research and showing a willingness to experiment with new ideas and approaches as it works with industry and other participants. In light of this government interest, this report puts forth proposals for federal government action: enhance research activities, strengthen the knowledge base, support the technology innovation pipeline, and improve market linkages. Within these proposals, a number of specific strategies are suggested to illustrate possible government actions. The list of strategies is not exhaustive but if adopted they should allow the government to better leverage what it is already doing by better focusing resources.
All Prefatory Materials PDF
Innovation in Housing PDF
The Concept of Innovation in the U.S. Housing Industry PDF
The U.S. Housing Industry As the Context for Innovation PDF
Industry Characteristics and Motives and Their Effect on Innovation PDF
Federal Efforts to Promote Innovation in Housing PDF
Federal Strategies for Promoting Innovation in Housing PDF
Supplementary Material PDF