Interpreting Housing Allowance: The Norwegian Case
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This is an author's accepted manuscript of an article published in nordvik, v., & sørvoll, j. (2014). interpreting housing allowance: the norwegian case. housing, theory and society, 31(3), 1-15.[copyright taylor & francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14036096.2014.907199.
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Original versionNordvik, V., & Sørvoll, J. (2014). Interpreting Housing Allowance: The Norwegian Case. Housing, Theory and Society, 31(3), 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2014.907199
Housing allowances are part of both the housing policy and the general welfare policy. In order to understand fully how the housing allowances affect welfare and well- being, one needs to use multiple approaches. We propose to complement traditional analyses of marginal effects and short-run incentives with long-run perspectives taken from the new social investment literature and elements of self-esteem and fairness taken from the literature on universalism. A neo-liberal approach where analysts limit themselves to studies of mar- ginal effects and short-run incentives both in the housing and in the labour market runs the risk of neglecting important aspects of the effects of housing allowances. Therefore, this may lead to retrenchment. The approach we propose is illustrated through a closer analysis of important elements of the housing allowance system in Norway as it is today, and the devel- opment of the system over time.