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Housing as a Political Tool: Gender Inequality in Student Accommodation in Iran

This paper studies the gender inequalities in university-provided student accommodation in Babolsar, Iran, in relation to the role of the dominant political power and its approach in shaping the physical form of public dormitories and the living conditions of students. Secondary data analysis based on a questionnaire survey is utilised, and the results show that in numerous physical and non-physical ways women’s public dormitories are designed and controlled in favour of the dominant political power and against the wishes of their residents. This research examines how the ideological and cultural background permeates institutional practices in housing and affects the living conditions of a disadvantaged social group, which can open a discussion on the role of housing in social exclusion.

1.12.2021 | Parian Hoseini, Pooriya Mohseni | Volume: 8 | Issue: 2 | Pages: 16-33 | 10.13060/23362839.2021.8.2.535

Why Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Had a Limited Impact on the Primary Housing Market in Poland?

In this paper we present the first insight about the impact of the COVID epidemic on the pri-mary housing market in Poland, with a focus on Warsaw which is the largest market. We ex-plain the structural features that allowed the market to return to pre-shock levels after the pandemic shock. Contrary, after the 2007-2008 global financial crisis the negative consequences lasted for several years. This time a sharp monetary policy and fiscal intervention was carried out. Moreover, the developer sector is much more mature, has expanded its production capaci-ties. We show empirically that the monopolistic competition of developers allowed them to restrict excessive demand that was observed before the COVID broke out. In this way they were able to increase prices despite the economic problems. Another important structural change was the increased housing demand, mainly for investment housing, which was fi-nanced predominantly with cash and contributed to the development of the rental market. We approximate the investment demand, which was generated by private households that pur-chased flats for rental, with the help of a simple demand and supply model.

12.7.2021 | Hanna Augustyniak, Jacek Łaszek, Krzysztof Olszewski, Joanna Waszczuk | Volume: 8 | Issue: 2 | Pages: 1-15 | 10.13060/23362839.2021.8.2.534