UNSW Sydney – Strengthening economic cases for housing: the productivity gains from better housing outcomes

The Stage 1 research on Making Better Economic Cases for Housing Policies (Maclennan et al, 2018) examined how a range of outcomes in Sydney’s and Melbourne’s housing markets, including price, location and quality effects, may have a negative feedback effect on productivity and growth in their economies. It stressed that cases presented for new housing policies to address high needs and reduce affordability burdens have seldom made strong arguments for support on the economic grounds of enhancing growth and productivity. 

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