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The rent gap debunked

Bourassa, Steven


Smith's rent gap theory of gentrification has inspired a substantial amount of critical attention as well as several empirical studies. None of these studies addresses a fundamental problem with the rent gap hypothesis - namely, its dependence on a distinction between actual and potential land rent that does not contribute to the explanation of changes in land use. And, contrary to some claims, there are no antecedents for the rent gap in the history of ideas about land economics - whether...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Urban Research Unit/Program
Date published: 1992
Type: Working/Technical Paper
DOI: 10.4225/13/590a51ed1f472
Access Rights: Open Access


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