Associate Professor Ashton De Silva

Ashton de Silva is an applied econometrician specialising in the analysis of the property (including housing) sector, natural resources, credit and financial markets and government policy.

He has published papers in leading international academic journals as well as written several reports for key industry bodies. He has been repeatedly sought after for his insights and perspectives on current economic and social issues.

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Housing Economics, Housing Price Modelling, Property Analysis, Forecasting, Household borrowing and finances, Economic Policy.

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