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The 2018 Henry Halloran Trust Annual Lecture: Why can’t you afford a home ?

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Veterinary Science Conference Centre

Regimental Drive

Camperdown, NSW 2006

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The lecture, based around Dr Josh Ryan-Collins new book, argues that the housing affordability crises facing Anglo-Saxon economies has its roots in long-term shifts in fiscal policy and financial regulation. In particular, policy needs to focus on dampening and eventually breaking the powerful feedback-cycle between the banking sector and housing, whereby a relatively unlimited supply of credit flows in to inherently finite property. Policy reforms focussed solely on localised housing markets, housing supply and urban planning, whilst necessary in many cases, will not be sufficient if they are not supported by broader macroeconomic reforms.

Dr Josh Ryan-Collins is Head of Research at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), University College London. Before joining IIPP, Josh was Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, one of the UK’s leading think tanks. Josh is the author of two co-authored books: Where Does Money Come From? (NEF 2011) and Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing (Zed books, 2017) which was featured in the Financial Times’s economics editor Martin Wolf’s top summer reads of 2017. His new book Why can’t you afford a home (Polity Press, 2018) will be released in Australia in November this year.

Refreshments will be served from 6pm and at the conclusion of the presentation

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