Social Housing As Infrastructure: Rationale, Prioritisation and Investment Pathway

AHURI Final Report No. 315, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, doi:10.18408/ahuri-5314001, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-925334-79-1

92 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2019

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Julie Lawson

RMIT University

Todd Denham

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jago Dodson

Centre for Urban Research

Kathleen Flanagan

Office of the School of Social Sciences

Keith Jacobs

University of Tasmania

Chris Martin

City Futures Research Center

Ryan van den Nouwelant

City Futures Research Centre

Hal Pawson

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Laurence Troy

City Futures Research Centre

Date Written: June 26, 2019

Abstract

Considering social housing as infrastructure may improve investment in the sector, as well as increase transparency and efficiency in project appraisal and funding prioritisation. It explored different methods of calculating the benefits of social housing relative to cost, including the savings that might accrue in other areas of government expenditure. The research also modelled ways to best finance and fund social housing, revealing that a capital investment strategy supplemented by efficient financing is substantially more cost-effective than a commercially financed model reliant on an operating subsidy.

Keywords: social housing, australia, economic modelling, cost benefit analysis, infrastructure economics, economic policy, investment evaluation

JEL Classification: D61, H53, H54, R31

Suggested Citation

Lawson, Julie and Denham, Todd and Dodson, Jago and Flanagan, Kathleen and Jacobs, Keith and Martin, Chris and van den Nouwelant, Ryan and Pawson, Hal and Troy, Laurence, Social Housing As Infrastructure: Rationale, Prioritisation and Investment Pathway (June 26, 2019). AHURI Final Report No. 315, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, doi:10.18408/ahuri-5314001, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-925334-79-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3410130

Julie Lawson (Contact Author)

RMIT University ( email )

124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

Todd Denham

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jago Dodson

Centre for Urban Research ( email )

124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

Kathleen Flanagan

Office of the School of Social Sciences ( email )

French Street
Sandy Bay
Tasmania, 7250
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://rmdb.research.utas.edu.au/public/rmdb/q/indiv_detail_warp_trans/30533

Keith Jacobs

University of Tasmania ( email )

French Street
Sandy Bay
Tasmania, 7250
Australia

Chris Martin

City Futures Research Center ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Ryan Van den Nouwelant

City Futures Research Centre ( email )

4007 The Red Centre
Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/about-us/our-profiles/ryan-van-den-nouwelant/

Hal Pawson

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Laurence Troy

City Futures Research Centre ( email )

4007 The Red Centre
Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia
612 9385 4975 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/about-us/our-profiles/laurence-troy/

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