MDI coordinated a study on housing policy: No new tricks but more comprehensive support for existing instruments

Housing prices and rents in Helsinki metropolitan area have risen sharply due to population growth and rising average income levels. The best way to restrain the growth of prices and rents is to increase housing supply in all growth centers nationally. Too small plot reserve has formed the worst bottleneck for housing construction in the 2000s. General plans and new major transport solutions are enabling more sustained planning and buildup of the plot reserve.

There were two major purposes for the study:

1. to inquire the questions related to housing construction and high price levels on Helsinki metropolitan area, and
2. to assess the problem areas and effectiveness of housing subsidies.

The questions on housing policy have remained the same for decades. The main finding of the study was that the instruments implemented in 2000s have started bearing fruit. Therefore, there is no need for radical changes, but successful policies and instruments need more support. In addition to MDIs own team, Seppo Laakso and Henrik Lönnqvist participated in the research. The study was commissioned by the audit committee of the Parliament of Finland. Eighteen recommendations were given, and realization of these will be monitored in the coming years.

The study is available as a report (in Finnish) in Parliament’s online service.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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