Matching markets (case example)

Matching markets in housing and housing assistance

This video is a case example taken from AHURI research: Matching markets in housing and housing assistance, a project from the AHURI Inquiry into Potential of new technologies to disrupt housing policy.

Housing is often assumed to be a commodity market, with only price differentiating dwellings. However, housing is in fact a matching market, as people seek to be paired with a home with the criteria for matching often highly specific and requiring reciprocity.

Issues with searching and high costs mean that matching markets do not always work well. However, the internet and technology is improving the viability and function of these markets.

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