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    Towards an understanding of the regional impact of Airbnb in Ireland

    Lima, Valesca (2019) Towards an understanding of the regional impact of Airbnb in Ireland. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 6 (1). pp. 78-91. ISSN 2168-1376

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    This paper considers the linkages between the home-sharing platform Airbnb and the housing crisis in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), in Ireland. This area is in the midst of a housing crisis, with a significant undersupply of housing units and rising unaffordability, especially the city of Dublin. While the sharing economy, better exemplified here by Airbnb, has become a major part of the global economy, it is less clear what is the regional impact of Airbnb, an online platform that allows people rent out part or all of their home for short stays. Among the claimed benefits for the tourism sector there are concerns that home sharing removes potential housing supply from the private rental sector to the short-term rental sector, which could aggravate the housing shortage. Along these lines, this paper documents this contemporary urban spatial issue, using rental asking prices data and data from Airbnb listings. The study does not intend to criticize the sharing platforms themselves but rather their disruptive impact and the short-term rental market within a digital economy context more widely. It is found that whilst not the only factor for the current housing crisis in Greater Dublin, Airbnb’s presence in the short-term housing is a vivid element of the current housing crisis in the country, which poses challenges for regulators and home seekers.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Cite as: Valesca Lima (2019) Towards an understanding of the regional impact of Airbnb in Ireland, Regional Studies, Regional Science, 6:1, 78-91, DOI: 10.1080/21681376.2018.1562366
    Keywords: Airbnb; housing crisis; disruptive economy; sharing economy; Dublin;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 12813
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    Depositing User: Valesca Lima
    Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 19:56
    Journal or Publication Title: Regional Studies, Regional Science
    Publisher: Informa UK Limited
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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