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Rachelle Alterman

Rachelle Alterman
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alterman@technion.ac.il

Rachelle Alterman is professor (emerita) of urban planning and law at Technion—Israel Institute of Technology and Research Fellow of the Neaman Institute for National Policy Research. She heads the Laboratory on Comparative Planning Law and Property Rights. Alterman is the founding president of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights. Her research interests include comparative planning law and land use regulation, comparative land policy and property rights, housing policy, and implementation of public policy.  She is highly published and cited.  For her pioneering contribution to the field, she was awarded Honorary Member status by the Association of European Schools of Planning (among only 6 awarded this distinction, and the only non-European), and has been selected as one of 16 global “leaders in planning thought” whose academic autobiographies have recently been published in the book “Encounters in Planning Thought” (Routledge publishers, 2017).

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Israel's Land Policy and Housing Prices Abstract – Summary of Pilot Study

SNI has taken on the challenge to examine the reasons for the increase in housing prices in Israel. Among other things, it was found that investing efforts to curb the high housing prices ignores the implications of the fact that only in Israel, unlike all other OECD countries, most of the land reserves are nationally owned.
National land ownership and housing prices in Israel

National land ownership and housing prices in Israel

October, 2020
 Despite the central place that Israel’s housing policy has taken since the 2011 mass protests, and the various policy alternatives that have been considered, one issue has never been placed for public awareness and debate: The fact that Israel – alone among all the members of the OECD – has a land tenure system with overwhelming dominance of  national ownership. Furthermore, national land is managed and released to the development market through a single, central national authority.  A question never addressed in public discourse is whether, o and how, national land ownership affects Israel’s very high housing prices. Is it possible that the very fact of national ownership is causing housing prices to rise, rather than lowering them? At the time this research report is published, the ministries responsible for planning, housing, and national land have been reshuffled, there may be a modest window crack for rethinking. We submit this research report to the decision-makers and the general public.
The ownership is Public, the benefits are not

The ownership is Public, the benefits are not

05 August, 2015
Public land ownership holds many potential benefits for the public. But a new study found that in Israel, where most of the land is nationally owned, the public does not enjoy most of these benefits, but instead has to bear the disadvantages.
Aggressive regulation of private rental will hurt the housing market and will cause an increase in prices

Aggressive regulation of private rental will hurt the housing market and will cause an increase in prices

09 July, 2015
Government policy is trying to increase the supply of rental apartments in Israel by offering extensive subsidies to developers at the expense of the state budget. At the same time, a large rental housing market is actually
Swirl of the indemnity Documents: The Court struck down what it itself created

Swirl of the indemnity Documents: The Court struck down what it itself created

12 August, 2009
Rachelle Alterman's article about the new ruling of the Supreme Court, according to which local authorities are not authorized to require indemnity commitments from real estate development.