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Perth’s Infill Housing Future Perth’s Infill Housing Future is the first edited book in Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s rich collection of publications, targeted at informing issues of economic and social policy importance within Western Australia. This book brings together a wealth of data, analysis and commentary... Read article 20 October 2017 Read More
Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Housing Supply Rachel Ong ViforJ, Christopher Phelps, Steven Rowley, Gavin Wood This paper provides an analysis of spatial and temporal patterns in housing supply in Australia over the period 2005–06 to 2015–16. It shows that by international standards, per capita housing supply is very strong in Australia. However, housing supply is... Read article 28 September 2017Journal Articles Read More
Housing Futures in Australia: An Intergenerational Perspective Rachel Ong ViforJ This presentation was delivered by Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ at the launch of CEDA’s Housing Australia research report, on 29 August 2017 in Perth. As a contributing author for the report, Rachel’s presentation centered on her chapter titled Intergenerational Consequences. 29 August 2017Presentations Read More
Australian Demographic Trends and Implications for Housing Assistance Programs Rachel Ong ViforJ, Gavin Wood, Melek Cigdem This report presents the findings from two programs of research. In the first (Part 1), we explore the implications of demographic change for government outlays on housing assistance, and the government tax revenues foregone as a result of concessions extended... Read article 1 July 2017Research Reports Read More
Inquiry into housing policies, labour force participation and economic growth Rachel Ong ViforJ, Gavin Wood, Stephen Whelan, Melek Cigdem, Kadir Atalay, Jago Dodson This Inquiry presents evidence on how housing policies might promote labour force participation and economic growth through four channels—housing supply responsiveness, labour mobility, employment decisions and consumption. Despite strong evidence of housing’s large presence in the economy, it is often... Read article 27 June 2017Research Reports Read More
The Australian housing system: a quiet revolution? Rachel Ong ViforJ, Gavin Wood The Australian housing system is quietly undergoing a major transformation. Many young and middle-aged home owners are paying down large mortgages that leave them precariously positioned on the margins of ownership. As house prices have remained stubbornly high relative to... Read article 1 June 2017 Read More
Housing supply responsiveness in Australia: distribution, drivers and institutional settings Rachel Ong ViforJ, Tony Dalton, Nicole Gurran, Christopher Phelps, Steven Rowley, Gavin Wood Key Findings A 1 per cent increase in the level of real housing prices is estimated to produce a 4.7 per cent (3.9%) increase in new house (unit) supply. These house price gains translate into a very small increase in... Read article 18 May 2017 Read More
Re-imagining the future for desert Australia Digby Race, Michael Dockery, Lisa Havas, Catherine Joyce, Supriya Mathew, Bruno Spandonide Desert regions of the world comprise about 25% of the world’s land surface and are home to 500 million people, yet are often portrayed as extreme places with resident communities marginalised from mainstream development. Australia has a relatively vast desert... Read article 7 April 2017Journal Articles Read More
Life on the edge: a perspective on precarious home ownership in Australia and the UK Gavin Wood, Susan J. Smith, Melek Cigdem, Rachel Ong ViforJ This paper focuses on two countries with debt-funded ownership-centred housing systems, Australia and the UK. Financially, there are similarities between these two societies, which have relatively ‘complete’, reasonably well-regulated mortgage markets, had limited exposure to the extremes of subprime, and... Read article 1 April 2017Journal Articles Read More
A new look at the channels from housing to employment decisions Melek Cigdem, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Gavin Wood The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of current housing assistance arrangements, housing wealth and mortgages in individuals’ employment decisions. The study also explores whether bequests or parental cash transfers, which are typically financed (directly or indirectly)... Read article 2 March 2017Research Reports Read More
Housing equity withdrawal: perceptions of obstacles among Australian home owners and service providers Rachel Ong ViforJ, Siobhan Austen, Therese Jefferson, Marietta Haffner, Gavin Wood Housing wealth dominates the asset portfolios of the older population in Australia and many other countries. Given the anticipated spike in fiscal costs associated with population ageing, there is growing policy interest in housing equity withdrawal (HEW) to finance living... Read article 20 February 2017Journal Articles Read More
Culture, housing, remoteness and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child development. Michael Dockery The limited empirical evidence available in Australia points to beneficial effects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ identification with their culture across a range of outcome domains. Living in remote communities, with limited mainstream economic opportunity, services and infrastructure... Read article 1 February 2017Working Papers Read More