The next RITM Management Seminar will take place on Friday 30 June, from 12:15 to 13:15. Guillaume Chapelle (CY Cergy Paris Universite and LIEPP) will present Social housing development and segregation: SRU law in France (joint with Laurent Gobillon and Benjamin Vignolles).
We study the effects of the SRU law introduced in France in December 2000 to support scattered development of social housing in cities and favor social mixity. This law imposes 20% of social housing to all medium and large municipalities of large-enough cities, with fees for those not abiding by the law. Using exhaustive fiscal data, we evaluate the effects of the law over the 1996-2008 period using a difference-in-differences approach at the municipality level. We nd that the law stimulated social housing construction in treated municipalities with a proportion of social dwellings below 5%. Within these municipalities, it decreased social housing segregation but it did not decrease much low-income segregation. Regressions at the block level show that, within these municipalities, the concentration of social dwellings increased to a larger extent in blocks with below-average income and below-average concentration of social dwellings.