Housing, regional and urban economic analysis are the key research chapters of this group.

Developing a better understanding of how policy and economic activities can be enacted to improve micro and macro-economic prosperity is a particular focus of all its studies.

The group has a strong interest in exploring linkages between aging, wealth, quality of life, agglomeration, the (global) financial services sector ( e.g., banking), intergenerational wealth transfers, housing wealth and work incentives, demographic change, evaluation of community programs, dynamics of housing affordability and cross-country comparisons of housing policy.

Recent Research Activities:

Aims

The Housing and Urban Economics research program encompasses projects and initiatives which seek to:

  1. Provide a deeper understanding of the housing and commercial property economies. In particular, how these economies shape overall prosperity.
  2. Improve understanding of how household financial stability is influenced by dwelling market factors.
  3. Explore, develop and assess enterprising ideas to address major housing and urban related challenges.
  4. Investigate the (potential) implications of (future) current housing policies on low-income households

Projects

Digital innovations, PropTech and housing – the view from Melbourne

2019 (ongoing)

This research is concerned with the collection, digitisation and use of housing information in Australia.

Understanding the assumptions and impacts of the Victorian Public Housing Renewal Program

2018–2019

This research project aimed to evaluate the claims of the PHRP and its underlying model in order to establish an accurate evidence base and assess the anticipated impact of the model on public housing residents in Melbourne.

Inquiry into Housing Policies, Labour Force Participation and Economic Growth

2015–2017

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

Transforming public housing in a federal context

2015–2016

This research examines the transformation of public housing in four federal states: Austria, Germany, Canada and the USA and finds Austria to be a leading example of a sustainable affordable housing industry.

Housing markets, economic productivity, and risk: international evidence and policy implications for Australia

2014–2015

This paper proposes a policy-relevant definition of housing market efficiency and a set of indicators for measuring the responsiveness of housing supply.

Infill Developments: Housing Outcomes Metrics and Evaluation (Project Home)

2016–2021

The project links housing outcomes to metrics and evaluation of housing design in the rapidly growing infill multi-residential sector.

Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies

2015–2018

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

2014–2018

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.

An Investigation into the Drivers of Housing Supply Responsiveness in Australia

2015–2016

This project estimates and maps the price elasticity of housing supply at a local government area level, providing insights into how various factors affect the speed of housing supply responsiveness to market pressures in Australia.

Lifetime Affordable and Tenable City Housing

2014–2016

Research into homebuyer decision making and lived experience of households.

Making Connections: Housing, Productivity and Economic Development

2016–2018

This study considers the national scale but then focuses on local approaches, reviewing plans and interviewing officials in 13 agencies, to assess how housing are meshed with economic development in strategy formation and monitoring.

The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001-2011

2016–2018

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

Key People

Lead researcher

Dr Megan Nethercote

Dr Megan Nethercote

Convener of Housing and Urban Economics Program

Program Researchers

Higher Degree Research Students

  • Kirsten Bevan

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