Determinants of Housing Repair and Improvement

by Lawrence Helbers, James L. McDowell


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This report examines the determinants of dwelling repairs and improvements and shows how federal action could encourage participants to make repairs to their dwellings. Data come from the property-level longitudinal files of homeowners, tenants, and landlords, collected annually as part of the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment. Section II describes the database and the characteristics of repair activity. Section III describes the theory underlying the work and presents the empirical results. The final section uses the results to evaluate the effects of two existing housing programs, and outlines possible future directions in housing repair research.

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