Inquiry into Housing Policies, Labour Force Participation and Economic Growth

AHURI Final Report No. 285, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne doi:10.18408/ahuri-8107001

94 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2017

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Rachel Ong

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics; Curtin University - School of Economics and Finance

Gavin A. Wood

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing

Stephen Whelan

The University of Sydney

Melek Cigdem-Bayram

School of Global, Urban & Social Studies

Kadir Atalay

The University of Sydney

Jago Dodson

Centre for Urban Research

Date Written: June 28, 2017

Abstract

This research Inquiry presented 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. It highlights repositioning housing to a more central place within economic policy debates, and suggests a coordinated policy treatment of housing as an economic asset has implications for nation-wide economic growth.

Keywords: housing policy, labour mobility, incentive to work, employment decisions, housing supply, housing wealth, consumption

JEL Classification: E21, E24, H31, R31

Suggested Citation

Ong, Rachel and Wood, Gavin A. and Whelan, Stephen and Cigdem-Bayram, Melek and Atalay, Kadir and Dodson, Jago, Inquiry into Housing Policies, Labour Force Participation and Economic Growth (June 28, 2017). AHURI Final Report No. 285, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne doi:10.18408/ahuri-8107001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3003738

Rachel Ong (Contact Author)

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

Curtin University - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

GPO Box U 1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

Gavin A. Wood

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing ( email )

Level 12, 239 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Stephen Whelan

The University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NC NSW 2006
Australia
612-9036 9251 (Phone)
612-9351-4341 (Fax)

Melek Cigdem-Bayram

School of Global, Urban & Social Studies ( email )

Melbourne
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.rmit.edu.au/contact/staff-contacts/academic-staff/c/cigdem-dr-melek

Kadir Atalay

The University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NC NSW 2006
Australia

Jago Dodson

Centre for Urban Research ( email )

124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

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