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1 June 2003June 1, 2003

Quelques mythes sur les causes de la crise du logement

Economic Note (in French) on the causes of the housing crisis in Quebec and solutions to solve it

Quelques mythes sur les causes de la crise du logement

A number of university researchers and pressure groups have suggested that the housing crisis affecting Quebec’s main metropolitan areas is caused by greater poverty among the population, reduced budgets for construction of social housing, or the inability of private business to adapt to new lifestyles in Quebec. The most recent data show us, however, that these explanations fail to stand up.The crisis persists because governments have still not undertaken the reforms needed to allow the private housing market to respond to growing demand from consumers.

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Sources des données utilisées:
Données relatives au logement locatif, statistiques sur les revenus disponibles, chiffres sur la croissance de la population, statistiques sur la pauvreté, véritables causes de la crise

Appendix 1 (in French): Le mythe de l’appauvrissement des ménages locataires québécois

Appendix 2 (in French): Les HLM et les mesures fiscales: de mauvaises solutions à la crise du logement

Media release (in French): Crise du logement: une nouvelle étude de l’Institut économique de Montréal s’attaque aux mythes véhiculés par certains activistes du logement social

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« Avant de tenir les arguments du FRAPRU pour parole d'évangile, les administrateurs publics auraient intérêt à méditer sérieusement sur l'étude de M. Desrochers. » -Claude Picher (Economic columnist), La Presse, June 5, 2003

A number of university researchers and pressure groups have suggested that the housing crisis affecting Quebec’s main metropolitan areas is caused by greater poverty among the population, reduced budgets for construction of social housing, or the inability of private business to adapt to new lifestyles in Quebec. The most recent data show us, however, that these explanations fail to stand up.The crisis persists because governments have still not undertaken the reforms needed to allow the private housing market to respond to growing demand from consumers.


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