Data and methods required to explore housing space inequality in England and Wales, 1911-2011: Online appendix to article in the International Journal of Housing Policy, ‘Relative housing inequality: A century of decline in housing space inequality in England and Wales and its recent rapid resurgence’

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This paper aimed to explore whether relative, as well as absolute, low consumption of housing space has reduced in England and Wales over the twentieth century, and whether the distribution of housing space has become more or less equal over that time. Measuring relative consumption demands continuous concepts and data. However, most studies of housing inequality have been restricted to counting numbers and proportions meeting or failing absolute minima, or to contrasting the proportions of poor and non-poor meeting minima. This has been partly due to the absence of the required data (eg. Dorling et al., 2005).
To remedy these problems, this analysis is based on the creation of a new quasicontinuous data set for housing space consumption in England and Wales. It uses data on the number of private households with different combinations of numbers of rooms and numbers of people. This is available decennially for England and Wales from the census of population for 1911-2011, with the exception of 1941 when the census was suspended due to war. No other source provides such a long run of comparable data on housing space.
Original languageEnglish
Typeappendix to an article
Media of outputonline
PublisherCentre for Housing Policy, University of York
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • housing space
  • inequality
  • Research Methods

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