Similar Challenges - Different Responses: Housing Policy in Germany and Russia between the Two World Wars

22 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2014

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Konstantin A. Kholodilin

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Mark Meerovich

National Research Irkutsk State Technical University (NR ISTU)

Date Written: June 2014

Abstract

The World War I played a key role in shaping modern housing policy. While in the pre-War time virtually no housing policy existed, the beginning of hostilities led to an almost immediate and comprehensive state intervention in the housing market, particularly among those engaged in the war. Despite initially similar conditions and challenges induced by the war, housing policy was carried out in different countries differently. This is particularly true for Germany and Russia. Even though both went through similar processes during the inter-war era, the different objective functions pursued by their political regimes shaped their housing policies in completely different manners. This paper compares the housing policies in Germany and Russia, identifying the similarities and differences.

Keywords: Germany, Russia, housing policy, World War, rationing, tenant eviction, rent control

JEL Classification: N44, N94, P25, R38

Suggested Citation

Kholodilin, Konstantin A. and Meerovich, Mark, Similar Challenges - Different Responses: Housing Policy in Germany and Russia between the Two World Wars (June 2014). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1391, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2456134 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2456134

Konstantin A. Kholodilin (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

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Berlin, 10117
Germany

Mark Meerovich

National Research Irkutsk State Technical University (NR ISTU) ( email )

83, Lermontov street
Irkutsk, 664074
Russia

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