Bài giảng Economics - Chapter 34 Rent Control

Tài liệu Bài giảng Economics - Chapter 34 Rent Control: Chapter 34Rent ControlChapter OutlineRENTS IN A FREE MARKETREASONS FOR CONTROLLING RENTSCONSEQUENCES OF CONTROLLING RENTSWHY DOES RENT CONTROL SURVIVERent ControlLaws that restrict the ability of landlords to raise the rent from one year to the next.This is a form of a price ceiling (the level above which a price may not rise).These laws are more prevalent on the coasts: Boston, New York City, more than 100 cities in New Jersey, and San Francisco and San Jose in California.Such laws typically come into being when market rents are rising quickly. The east coast laws date from World War II and the west coast laws date from the skyrocketing land prices during the 1970s.Rents in a Free MarketQuantityRentDemandSupplyAR*BC0 Q*Value to the renters: 0ACQ*Renters pay landlordsOR*CQ*The variable cost to landlords: OBCQ*Consumer Surplus to renters:R*ACProducer Surplus to landlords: BR*CRent Control RelevanceRent control is only relevant if it is below the market rent.A controlled rent above the m...

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Chapter 34Rent ControlChapter OutlineRENTS IN A FREE MARKETREASONS FOR CONTROLLING RENTSCONSEQUENCES OF CONTROLLING RENTSWHY DOES RENT CONTROL SURVIVERent ControlLaws that restrict the ability of landlords to raise the rent from one year to the next.This is a form of a price ceiling (the level above which a price may not rise).These laws are more prevalent on the coasts: Boston, New York City, more than 100 cities in New Jersey, and San Francisco and San Jose in California.Such laws typically come into being when market rents are rising quickly. The east coast laws date from World War II and the west coast laws date from the skyrocketing land prices during the 1970s.Rents in a Free MarketQuantityRentDemandSupplyAR*BC0 Q*Value to the renters: 0ACQ*Renters pay landlordsOR*CQ*The variable cost to landlords: OBCQ*Consumer Surplus to renters:R*ACProducer Surplus to landlords: BR*CRent Control RelevanceRent control is only relevant if it is below the market rent.A controlled rent above the market rent is irrelevant.The landlord must accept the market rent to attract tenants.Charging above the market rent is not in the landlord’s interests because such a rent would not attract tenants to the landlord’s building. What’s Wrong with the Rent ControlThe gain to the renters who keep their apartments and pay less rent is less than the loss to the losers who arepeople who lose their apartments andlandlords who receive less rent.QuantityRentDemandSupplyAR*BC0 Q*RminQSQDEFDemonstrating the Case Against the Rent ControlValue to the renters: 0AEQsRenters pay landlordsORminFQsThe variable cost to landlords: OBFQSConsumer Surplus to renters:RminAEFProducer Surplus to landlords: BRminFPeople who must move out:Q*-QSThe Short and Long Run Consequences of Rent ControlIn the short run supply and demand for apartments in inelastic. Rent control lowers rent without much displacement of renters.In the long run supply and demand for apartments gets more elastic and the negative consequences become more pronounced.Comparing the Short Run and the Long RunQuantityRentDemandSupplyR*C0 Q*RminQSQDQuantityDemandRentSupplyR*C0 Q*RminQSQDThe Short RunThe Long RunConsequences of Rent ControlLandlords have a motivation to get tenants out of their building by failing to maintain it.Renters have an interest in “selling” (on an illegal black market) their rights to a lease.People go to funerals to negotiate subleases from the dead person’s executor.Why Rent Control SurvivesThe people who benefit from Rent Control (people who continue to live in the same apartment for years) are the same people who vote.By definition, someone who is displaced from an apartment or someone who would like to move in but cannot find a place, cannot vote to overturn the law because they do not live in the city.

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