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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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

Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies

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

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.

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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Fall in ageing Australians’ home-ownership rates looms as seismic shock for housing policy

A new report raises concerns that rising mortgage debt and falling home ownership rates in later life are undermining the role of home ownership in supporting retirees’ financial wellbeing.

When falling home ownership and ageing baby boomers collide

Until now, the majority of older people in Australia have achieved the goal of owning their own home outright. Hence, policymakers have typically shown little concern about the size and budget costs of rental housing assistance programs for seniors.

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.

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.