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Journal Article

Right to buy ... time to move? investigating the moving behaviour of right to buy owners in the UK

Maarten van Ham, Lee Williamson, Peteke Feijten and Paul Boyle
Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
Vol. 28, No. 1 (March 2013), pp. 129-146
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42636229
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Part of the political argument in favour of the right to buy (RTB) was that it would stimulate the economy by encouraging the inter-regional mobility of those in public sector housing. This is the first study to examine whether RTB-owners are indeed more mobile than those in social housing. Using longitudinal data from the British household panel survey and panel regression models we show that the probability of a RTB-owner making a long distance move falls between that of social renters and owner occupiers. However, the difference between RTB-owners and homeowners or social renters is not significant. Social renters are significantly less likely to move over long distances than traditional owners. The results also suggest that RTB-owners are less likely than traditional owners to move for job related reasons, but more likely than social renters.

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