Housing Opportunities Instead Of Market Responsiveness

In this paper, author Arend Jonkman discusses the impact of the Dutch housing-policy reforms since 2011 in terms of housing opportunities for middle-income households in Amsterdam.

The paper ends with a call to focus on securing affordable housing opportunities for different groups instead of a focus on market dynamism and responsiveness. While promoting affordable housing options for all income groups will increase freedom and security, the pursuit of labour mobility through market dynamism and responsiveness may also result in measures that harm welfare and well-being.

About the author

Arend Jonkman has a BSc in Urban Planning and a Research MSc in Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD at the same university for his dissertation titled Distributive Justice of Housing in Amsterdam. The PhD-research is about the distributive justice as produced by housing policy and practice. In 2018- 2019 he worked as teacher and researcher Spatial Planning at Wageningen University & Research. The research project Land for housing (Grond voor Wonen) investigated how Dutch municipalities applied different instruments of land policy to achieve (sometimes conflicting) housing objectives. Since 2019 he is affiliated with the 1 Million Homes- initiative of Delft University of Technology, an interdisciplinary research—in collaboration with all four departments of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment— on the current housing crisis and possible solutions. For the Association of European Schools of Planning, he is coordinator of the thematic group on Ethics, Values and Planning.

About the editor

Anna Willman is a Climate Policy Expert at Fores and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from London School of Economics.

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