Dr Melek Cigdem

Dr Melek Cigdem is a Research Fellow within the Centre for Urban Research, with expertise in housing economics and statistical modelling of housing markets, households and firms.

Melek is currently a Project Leader on an AHURI-funded project which investigates Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies.

She is also a Chief Investigator on three ongoing AHURI-funded research projects relating to intergenerational wealth transfers, housing affordability and homelessness.

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Projects

Inquiry into Housing Policies, Labour Force Participation and Economic Growth

This inquiry will develop coherent conceptual frameworks and empirical evidence to guide housing policy reforms that promote Australia’s economic development

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Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies

Policymakers are concerned that demographic changes will threaten the viability of Australian housing subsidy arrangements.

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A New Look at the Channels from Housing to Employment Decisions

This project broadens the research around housing and labour supply by addressing the work incentive implications of rising real house values and the fungibility of assets following mortgage innovation and deregulation.

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The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001-2011

Examination of the impact of housing and labour market factors, demographics and service availability on rates of homelessness across Australia over the past decade.

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News & Blog

Australians are working longer so they can pay off their mortgage debt

Rising mortgage debt is affecting everything from employment to spending, as Australians approach retirement, our study finds. Higher levels of housing debt among pre-retirees are linked to them working for longer.

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Not everyone wins from the bank of mum & dad

The “bank of mum and dad” is helping young Australians with more than just their housing aspirations. 

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Publications

Wellbeing at the edges of ownership

This paper offers a complementary view, rooted in a literature which embraces the diversity of health and wellbeing within, as well as between, tenure sectors, yet which explains that diversity with reference to the operation of the housing system itself.

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Life on the edge: a perspective on precarious home ownership in Australia and the UK

Wood, G, Smith, S, Cigdem, M and Ong, R 2015, 'Life on the edge: a perspective on precarious home ownership in Australia and the UK', International Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 201-226.

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The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes

Barrett, G., Cigdem, M., Whelan, S., Wood, G. (2015) The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes, AHURI Final Report No. 250, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/250.

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The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes

Barrett, G, Cigdem, M, Whelan, S and Wood, G 2015, 'The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes - AHURI Positioning Paper No.163', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Positioning Paper Series, vol. 163, pp. 1-64.

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Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies

Cigdem, M, Wood, G and Ong, R 2015, 'Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies', AHURI Positioning Paper, vol. 2015May, no. 164, pp. 1-44.

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The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001-11

ood, G., Batterham, D., Cigdem, M. and Mallett, S. (2015) The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001–11, AHURI Final Report No. 238, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne..

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Urban growth boundaries and their impact on land prices

Ball, M, Cigdem, M, Taylor, E and Wood, G 2014, 'Urban growth boundaries and their impact on land prices', Environment and Planning A, vol. 46, no. 12, pp. 3010-3026.

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Housing affordability dynamics: New insights from the last decade

Wood, G., Ong, R. and Cigdem, M. (2015) Factors shaping the dynamics of housing affordability in Australia 2001–11, AHURI Final Report No. 244, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne

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Financial measures of the non-shelter benefits of neighbourhood renewal programs; a quasi-experimental approach

Wood, G and Cigdem, M 2013, 'Financial Measures of the Non-shelter Benefits of Neighbourhood Renewal Programs A Quasi-Experimental Approach', in Steven Rowley, Rachel Ong & Sanna Markkanen (ed.) Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference Refereed Proceedings, Bentley, Western Australia, 6 - 8 February, 2013, pp. 1-15.

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