Our Town: Support for Housing Growth When Localism Meets Liberalism

54 Pages Posted: 4 May 2018

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Weihuang Wong

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science

Date Written: May 2, 2018

Abstract

Community resistance to new housing is a cause of housing supply shortfalls in cities around the United States. Citizens differ on the desirable rate and nature of housing growth. I argue that two types of political beliefs shape support for housing growth. Localism is the belief that the interests of established members of the local community should be privileged relative to those of newcomers and outsiders. Liberalism is the belief that economic outcomes should be equitable. I hypothesize that liberals' support for housing growth is moderated by the type of housing being produced. Localism, on the other hand, is negatively associated with support for housing growth, regardless of the type of development being proposed. I find empirical support for both hypotheses in a survey experiment and from rich observational data on land use ballot measures in San Francisco.

Keywords: housing, land use, local politics, political behavior

Suggested Citation

Wong, Weihuang, Our Town: Support for Housing Growth When Localism Meets Liberalism (May 2, 2018). MIT Political Science Department Research Paper No. 2018-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3173813 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3173813

Weihuang Wong (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science ( email )

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

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