The Cost of Housing for the Poor: A Case Study

Cicarelli, James; Landers, Clifford
February 1972
Land Economics;Feb72, Vol. 48 Issue 1, p53
Academic Journal
The poor pay more per unit for certain commodities than do those with higher incomes even thought the goods compared are virtually identical and the cost of production ostensibly the same. This article tests the poor-pay more hypotheses with respect to rental housing. The data for this study were collected in Portland, Oregon during the spring of 1970. Poverty, particularly in urban center is associated with certain non-income characteristics, especially race and age. The journey-to-work hypothesis assumes that individuals chose a residential location in such a way so as to minimize both rent and transportation expenditures with the knowledge that in most urban areas the former cost decreases and the latter one increases with the distance from the center of the city. Discrimination forces blacks to find apartments within a given residential area where the supply of housing is increasing slowly at best. The crux of the problem is that many of the elderly people are alone and do not need or want large apartments.


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