Distributing Public Housing Resources

by Bruce Yandle, Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Economics, Clemson Univ., Clemson, N. C.,
George Biediger, Formerly, Research Asst., Dept. of Economics, Clemson Univ., Clemson, S. C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 147-165

Document Type: Journal Paper


The spatial distribution of scarce public housing presents a complex problem to public decision makers. Conflicting goals, availability of public support facilities, and a host of socioeconomic variables must be considered. In effect, the planner is placed in the position of having to simulate an efficient market for a nonpriced product. A variety of mathematical models have been developed to deal with the problem. This paper presents background, a review of models, and an application of three different approaches using South Carolina data. Problems associated with each approach are identified.

Subject Headings: Housing | Spatial distribution | Public buildings | Mathematical models | Decision making | Public participation | Social factors | South Carolina | United States

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