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1 Regional analysis of private housebuilding, 1919–1939. L. ‘The Pattern of Housebuilding in the Inter-war Period in England and Wales’, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, XV, 1968, p. 184. Bowley, ‘Some Regional Aspects of the Building Boom 1924 – 36’, p. 177. Thorns, Suburbia, p. 42. 13 HMSO, Fourteenth Annual Report of the Ministry of Health 1932–3, Cmd. 4272, p. 90. 14 See Johnson, ‘The Suburban Expansion of Housing in London 1918–1939’, for more background. 15 The signiﬁcant area of concentration outside the south-east reﬂected the population centres, namely Cheshire and Lancashire with 419,000 houses, the West Riding of Yorkshire with 198,000 and the Midlands with 521,000.
Buzzelli mirrors the complaints of this book, arguing that the housebuilding industry had received ‘little scholarly treatment’ and commentators have often misinterpreted builders and their methods. Housing studies focused on demand to the neglect of supply and the housebuilders themselves ‘have been understudied and 11 Ball, Rebuilding Construction, pp. 175–80. Introduction 15 misunderstood’;12 he is perhaps unfair on Grebler and Eichler (whose father founded one of the larger housebuilders). Although discussing a market somewhat different to Britain, both authors provide excellent insights into the operation of the speculative developer, accompanied by a wider ranging discussion of individual ﬁrms than has appeared in British texts.
The use of a unit measure is also how the industry statistics are produced, which facilitates the calculation of concentration ratios; and the approach has a parallel with other sectors of the economy (as instanced above) where it is also normal to use a physical count of output. A similar discussion of measurement alternatives for Wardley, ‘On the Ranking of Firms’, p. 131. As output also includes ﬂats, the expression ‘units’ is often used, but when a company’s output of houses is mentioned, it can be taken to include ﬂats as well, unless the context clearly suggests otherwise.