Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
Temkin, Kenneth M.
Other Affiliation: Research Associate, Urban Institute, Washington, DC
Since the turn of the century, governments have placed restrictions on the location and characteristics of new buildings, the primary reason being the recognition that new construction created negative side-effects for surrounding residents.' Consequently, it is difficult for most housing analysts to advocate eliminating all government regulations relating to housing production. However, there is disagreement among housing policy observers about what level of regulations is socially desirable. The key task of researchers is to establish the costs of regulation so that the benefits of these regulations, which accrue both to the home buyer and residents of the larger neighborhood, can be compared to the costs incurred by housing consumers. Therefore, proper measurement of regulation costs is an essential element of any policy debate surrounding regulatory reform of the housing development process.