The economics of “free housing” in Mumbai: time for a new discourse

In the last of three articles examining Mumbai’s housing market, Sharmeen Contractor and Shilpa Rao propose that the current slum rehabilitation scheme creates incentives for developers to further distort the city’s housing market, and calls for civil society to challenge the rhetoric of ‘free housing’ to allow political leaders to start considering alternatives.

Sharmeen Contractor and Shilpa Rao are Research Fellows at Observer Research Foundation Mumbai, where they are engaged in conducting an unbiased, non-partisan appraisal of the slum rehabilitation scheme and its progress 15 years down the line. They can be contacted at sharmeencontractor or shilpa.rao [at]

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