Bursting the Housing Bubble

Around the world, house prices are surging. In Australia, house prices are climbing at their fastest annual rate in 17 years. This is propelled by a combination of low interest rates and government stimulus along with a small number of properties on the market and a strong demand from people looking to buy. To be fair, it always feels like house prices are impossibly high in state capitals like Sydney or Melbourne, with young people feeling locked out from owning their own patch of affordable land. So how can we change this? What policy levers can be pulled to burst the bubble and make housing more affordable for Australians?
  • Janet Ge, Associate Professor in the School of Built Environment at UTS
  • Matt Grudnoff, senior economist at The Australia Institute
  • Saul Eslake, economist at Corinna Economic Advisory

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