Tagged: housing

RMA changes and council incentives - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 27, 2015

Me in The Initiative's weekly newsletter:If councils are determined to commit absurdities, they’re going to do it regardless of fixes to the RMA. After whatever legislative tweaks are enacted, and new Environment Court rulings come through, it will take councils a little while to figure out how to restart the micromanagement that pushes up costs and helps make New … Read More

Gareth’s strawman - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 10, 2014

Fun week.I posted over at Interest.co.nz about how reducing regulatory barriers to densification and to expansion in the suburbs could reduce housing costs and consequently improve child poverty outcomes, at least some of which are due to high housing costs.Gareth Morgan posts over at Gareth's World about how I'm kinda evil for being so pro-sprawl and wanting sprawl … Read More

After Housing Costs… - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 02, 2014

I suggest, in this week's NZ Initiative column at interest.co.nz, that addressing housing affordability could be part of John Key's recently announced policy focus on child poverty. When housing costs take up over forty or fifty percent of many poor households' incomes, what's left for other needs?A teaser:When land supply, both expansion at the city fringes and land zoned for … Read More

Reader mailbag: restrictive covenants edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 10, 2014

If the particular character of a neighbourhood is all that important, why don't residents protect it using covenants?A reader emails me:I don’t think it is Nimbyism if a neighbourhood wants to protect its own character. What is Nimbyism is denying others beyond your neighbourhood the same opportunity you had.It seems counter intuitive to think a place like Houston which has … Read More

When Hooton’s away, a Crampton will play - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 27, 2014

I filled in for Matthew Hooton in the NBR's Opening Salvo this week. It's only in the print edition; here's a taste. [Update: here for subscribers]We can count the costs of apartment stories left unbuilt. In a well-functioning market, developers will build upwards until the cost of an additional storey roughly equals the extra revenue the developer gets from … Read More

Mobile and Affordable - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 03, 2014

I'll be attending Alain Bertaud's talk, though I'm not sure whether I'll be doing it here in Christchurch or up in Wellington. I hope to see many of you there.  Mobile and affordable: The future of our citiesIn recent decades, urban planners have been inventing all sorts of abstract objectives to justify their plans for our future cities: smart … Read More