How do individuals and local stakeholder value housing?

Norms, principles and a stated choice experiment of rent setting in Sweden

The project concerns systematic rent setting and how individuals and the actors on the housing market value housing and its attributes. The background is todays several local attempts to find innovative forms for rent setting within the existing framework for rent setting in Sweden, i.e. the utility value system. One stated purpose is to create transparency and predictability in rental rates. How it works in practice, however, is by no means undisputed.

In this project we study the willingness to pay for different housing attributes. In the project, we also intend to study local stakeholders in the rental market and their views and understanding of tenants’ value as well as how they themselves perceive the principles, functions and legitimacy if rent setting. Out approach is to conduct a hypothetical field experiment. This strategy is often used in other research areas. To our knowledge, our study is the first to use this strategy to study individual preferences for housing attributes.

This project is in cooperation with Uppsalahem

Uppsalahem finances a pilot study within this project together with the Institute for Housing and Urban Research during which we plan to develop the stated choice experiment that we will apply in this project.

Project start



Internally funded


Cecilia Enström Öst (project manager)
Nils Hertting
Per Johansson

Last modified: 2022-12-06