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Spatial regulation and international differences in housebuilding industries

Ball, M. (2013) Spatial regulation and international differences in housebuilding industries. Journal of Property Research, 30 (3). pp. 189-204. ISSN 1466-4453

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Housebuilding firms vary across the world in size and in the scope of their activities. This variety may seem surprising in an industry with open technologies and ease of entry. While market and technological factors may go some way to explain such differences, much of the causes of variation lie in dissimilarities in regulatory and institutional frameworks. These themes are explored through a comparative analysis of the structure of the residential development industry in Australia, the UK and the USA and in analysis of firm size hierarchies. The firm concentration ratio is much higher in the UK than the other two countries and the reasons may lie in the geography of the country but also in the peculiarities of its planning system.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
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