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Melek Cigdem

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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. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes

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

    Description: The aim of this project is to improve our understanding of the nature of intergenerational transfers in Australia and their implications for housing outcomes, and related economic behaviours and outcomes.

    Type: research

    Barrett, G., Cigdem, M., Whelan, S., Wood, G. (2015) The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes, AHURI Final Report No. 250, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/250

  7. Is de-concentrating social housing a useful policy to promote wellbeing?

    Author(s): Sharon Parkinson; Elizabeth Taylor; Melek Cigdem; Rachel Ong

    Description: This Research and Policy Bulletin provides details of the key findings and policy implications from the completed AHURI research project Wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters: a multilevel analysis of area effects.

    Type: Other

    Parkinson, S., Taylor, E., Cigdem, M., Ong, R. (2015) Is de-concentrating social housing a useful policy to promote wellbeing?, AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin No. 197, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-and-policy-bulletins/197

  8. Factors shaping the dynamics of housing affordability in Australia 2001–11

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

    Description: This is the third report from a research program that investigates the dynamics of housing affordability stress (HAS) in Australia.

    Type: research

    Wood, G., Ong, R. and Cigdem, M. (2015) Factors shaping the dynamics of housing affordability in Australia 2001–11, AHURI Final Report No. 244, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/244

  9. Addressing recurring or protracted episodes in housing affordability stress 2001–11

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

    Description: This Research and Policy Bulletin provides details of the key findings and policy implications from the completed AHURI research project Housing affordability dynamics in Australia: new insights from the last decade.

    Type: Other

    Wood, G., Ong, R., Cigdem, M. (2015) Addressing recurring or protracted episodes in housing affordability stress 2001–11, AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin No. 196, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-and-policy-bulletins/196

  10. What is driving homelessness in Australia?

    Author(s): Gavin Wood; Melek Cigdem; Deb Batterham; Shelley Mallett

    Description: This bulletin provides details of the key findings and policy implications from the completed AHURI research project The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001_11.

    Type: Other

    Wood, G., Cigdem, M., Batterham, D. and Mallett, S. (2015) What is driving homelessness in Australia?, AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin No. 193, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-and-policy-bulletins/193