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Gavin Wood

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  1. Mortgage stress and precarious home ownership: implications for older Australians

    Author(s): Rachel Ong; Gavin Wood; Melek Cigdem; Silvia Salazar

    Description: This research investigated the growing numbers of middle aged and older Australians who are carrying mortgage debt into retirement and paying off higher levels of debt relative to house values and income. Between 1987 and 2015, mortgage debt among older mortgagors increased by 600 per cent (from $27,000 to over $185,000). These trends have significant consequences for older Australians’ wellbeing, retirement wealth management and government incomes policy and housing assistance programs.

    Type: research

    Ong, R., Wood, G., Cigdem-Bayram, M. and Salazar, S. (2019) Mortgage stress and precarious home ownership: implications for older Australians, AHURI Final Report No. 319, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/319

  2. The changing geography of homelessness: a spatial analysis from 2001 to 2016

    Author(s): Sharon Parkinson; Deb Batterham; Margaret Reynolds; Gavin Wood

    Description: This study examined the changing geography of homelessness. It outlines the extent to which homelessness has become more spatially concentrated over time; where it has risen and fallen; and the importance that housing affordability, poverty and labour market opportunities play in reshaping its distribution.

    Type: research

    Parkinson, S., Batterham, D., Reynolds, M. and Wood, G. (2019) The changing geography of homelessness: a spatial analysis from 2001 to 2016, AHURI Final Report No. 313, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/313

  3. Australian demographic trends and implications for housing assistance programs

    Author(s): Gavin Wood; Melek Cigdem; Rachel Ong

    Description: The study forecasted future expenditure on housing assistance programs; the additional outlays on ISPs due to asset test concessions to home owners; and the aggregate value of home owner tax subsidies. These three housing subsidy components are estimated to increase from $25 billion in 2011 to $32.8 billion in 2031. This study also presented a secure lease scheme for low-income households who are eligible for public housing but currently live in private rental housing and require long term, stable housing. These households include the elderly, disabled, those suffering from long-term health conditions and families with children.

    Type: research

    Wood, G., Cigdem, M. and Ong, R. (2017) Australian demographic trends and implications for housing assistance programs, AHURI Final Report No. 286, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/286

  4. Inquiry into housing policies, labour force participation and economic growth

    Author(s): Rachel Ong; Gavin Wood; Stephen Whelan; Melek Cigdem; Kadir Atalay; Jago Dodson

    Description: This research Inquiry presented evidence on how housing policies might promote labour force participation and economic growth through four channels—housing supply responsiveness, labour mobility, employment decisions and consumption. It highlights repositioning housing to a more central place within economic policy debates, and suggests a coordinated policy treatment of housing as an economic asset has implications for nation-wide economic growth.

    Type: research

    Ong, R., Wood, G., Whelan, S., Cigdem, M., Atalay, K. and Dodson, J. (2017) Inquiry into housing policies, labour force participation and economic growth, AHURI Final Report No. 285, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/285

  5. Housing supply responsiveness in Australia: distribution, drivers and institutional settings

    Author(s): Rachel Ong; Tony Dalton; Nicole Gurran; Christopher Phelps; Steven Rowley; Gavin Wood

    Description: This study investigated the key drivers of Australian housing supply responsiveness; including price, topographical constraints, climate, existing land uses and planning regulations; and considered policy development options to improve the scale and speed of new housing supply responses. The key drivers of housing supply responsiveness were modelled to determine their relative influence.

    Type: research

    Ong, R., Dalton, T., Gurran, N., Phelps, C., Rowley, S. and Wood, G. (2017) Housing supply responsiveness in Australia: distribution, drivers and institutional settings, AHURI Final Report No. 281, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/281

  6. A new look at the channels from housing to employment decisions

    Author(s): Melek Cigdem; Rachel Ong; Gavin Wood

    Description: This study investigated the role housing assistance (e.g. rent assistance or social housing), housing wealth and home ownership mortgages have on individuals’ incentive to work or on other employment decisions. The study also explored whether intergenerational wealth transfers (as bequests or parental cash transfers), which are typically financed (directly or indirectly) through housing wealth, lower work effort and participation in skills and training programs.

    Type: research

    Cigdem-Bayram, M., Ong, R. and Wood, G. (2017) A new look at the channels from housing to employment decisions, AHURI Final Report No. 275, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/275

  7. Housing, productivity and economic development

    Author(s): Duncan Maclennan; Rachel Ong; Gavin Wood

    Description: The research drew on international evidence assessing connections between housing and productivity and economic growth as well as interviews with economic development and housing practitioners in Victoria and Western Australia.

    Type: Other

    Maclennan, D., Ong, R. and Wood, G. (2016) Housing, productivity and economic development, AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin No. 212, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-and-policy-bulletins/212

  8. Better understanding entries and exits from homelessness

    Author(s): Guy Johnson; Gavin Wood; Rosanna Scutella; Yi-Ping Tseng

    Description: This project examined the structural and individual risk factors in explaining homelessness—including its dynamics (entry into and exit from homelessness).

    Type: Other

    Johnson, G., Wood, G., Scutella, R. and Tseng, Y.P. (2016) Better understanding entries and exits from homelessness, AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin No. 208, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-and-policy-bulletins/208

  9. How do intergenerational transfers affect housing and wealth?

    Author(s): Garry Barrett; Stephen Whelan; Gavin Wood; Melek Cigdem

    Description: This Research and Policy Bulletin provides details of the key findings and policy implications from the completed AHURI research project The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes.

    Type: Other

    Barrett, G., Whelan, S., Wood, G., Cigdem, M. (2015) How do intergenerational transfers affect housing and wealth?, AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin No. 203, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-and-policy-bulletins/203

  10. Making connections: housing, productivity and economic development

    Author(s): Duncan Maclennan; Rachel Ong; Gavin Wood

    Description: This is a scoping study with the immediate aim of reviewing links between housing and productivity. It uses scans of existing literature, assessments of local strategies for planning, and interviews with key practitioners involved in metropolitan and local economic development strategies.

    Type: research

    Maclennan, D., Ong, R., Wood, G. (2015) Making connections: housing, productivity and economic development, AHURI Final Report No. 251, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/251