Housing Tenure and Economic Inequality among Qatari Citizens
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The most immediately effective measure to address housing inequality, which would generate additional benefits in many other areas, is the streamlining of administrative processes related to land allotment and infrastructure development. SESRI’s research indicates that up to a third of Qatari renters are simply awaiting permits, inspections, and approvals. A reduction in these delays would address the needs of this group with relatively little cost to the state. Alternatively, temporary access to public housing – a form of rent subsidy – for those awaiting land allotment would relieve the burden of rental costs caused by administrative delay, without the potential for abuse that can afflict a direct cash subsidy. Extension of public housing benefits to all citizens, irrespective of employment sector, would address the disadvantaged portion of Qatari society and eliminate one key disincentive toward employment in the private sector.
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