Quotation Kholodilin, Konstantin A., Limonov, Leonid E., Waltl, Sofie. 2021. Housing Rent Dynamics and Rent Regulation in St. Petersburg (1880–1917). Explorations in Economic History. 81 (July)




This article studies housing rents in St. Petersburg from 1880 to 1917, covering an eventful period of Russian and world history. Digitizing over 5,000 rental advertisements, we construct a state-of-the-art index — the first pre-war and pre-Soviet market data index for any Russian city. In 1915, a rent control and tenant protection policy was introduced in response to soaring prices following the outbreak of WWI. We document official compliance, rising tenure duration, and strongly increased affordability for workers. While the immediate prelude to the October Revolution was indeed characterized by economic turmoil, rent affordability did not dominate.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Explorations in Economic History
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Housing Rent Dynamics and Rent Regulation in St. Petersburg (1880–1917)
Volume 81
Number July
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014498321000164?via%3Dihub#ack0001
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eeh.2021.101398
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014498321000164
JEL C14; C43; N93; O18


Waltl, Sofie (Details)
Kholodilin, Konstantin A. (DIW, Germany)
Limonov, Leonid E. (NRU HSE & Leontief Centre, Russian Federation)
Department of Economics DP (Details)
Department of Economics (Crespo Cuaresma) (Details)
Economics of Inequality FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5340 Economic history (Details)
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