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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A new study led by RMIT researchers calls for stronger coordination between governments on housing policy to better understand the $6 trillion sector’s contributions to national economic productivity.

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Housing deprivation or financial debt: betwixt the devil and the deep blue sea?

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Houses are not merely homes, says AHRC speaker Ashton De Silva, and the level of wellbeing of a household unit depends on more than just access to a safe and affordable physical structure.

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Examining the spatial and non-spatial linkages between suburban housing markets

Morteza Moallemi , , Daniel Melser, Professor Ashton De Silva, Xiaoyan Chen

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

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