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Stephen Whelan

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  1. Pathways to housing tax reform

    Author(s): Richard Eccleston; Julia Verdouw; Kathleen Flanagan; Neil Warren; Alan Duncan; Rachel Ong; Stephen Whelan; Kadir Atalay

    Description: This research is the final report of the AHURI Inquiry into ‘Pathways to Housing Tax Reform in Australia’. It features real-world modelling and implementation time frames to steer tax settings that progress the efficiency, equity and sustainability of housing tax policy, and also presents meaningful long-term political pathways to achieve these outcomes.

    Type: research

    Eccleston, R., Verdouw, J., Flanagan, K., Warren, N., Duncan, A., Ong, R., Whelan, S. and Atalay, K. (2018) Pathways to housing tax reform, AHURI Final Report No. 301, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/301

  2. Asset portfolio retirement decisions: the role of the tax and transfer system

    Author(s): Stephen Whelan; Kadir Atalay; Lachlan Dynan

    Description: This study examined how Australia’s tax and transfer system, especially in relation to the Age Pension, impacts on household retirement choices. As the population ages, fiscal challenges created when many individuals retire from working and paying tax to drawing government funded benefits and services present some stark policy choices. Understanding how retirement decisions are shaped by the tax and transfer system is essential to developing a system that allocates resources efficiently across the economy, is consistent with principles of equity and is sustainable. Any such tax system is likely to have important implications for housing choices and housing markets.

    Type: research

    Whelan, S., Atalay, K., Dynan, L. (2018) Asset portfolio retirement decisions: the role of the tax and transfer system, AHURI Final Report No. 298, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/298

  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. Housing prices, household debt and household consumption

    Author(s): Kadir Atalay; Stephen Whelan; Judith Yates

    Description: This research investigated the relationship between increasing housing prices (or housing wealth) and the increased consumption expenditure of households from before the GFC and afterwards. The analysis revealed that following the GFC, old and middle-aged households showing slightly lower consumption levels despite their houses increasing in price.

    Type: research

    Atalay, K., Whelan, S. and Yates, J. (2017) Housing prices, household debt and household consumption, AHURI Final Report No. 282, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/282

  5. Housing tenure, mobility and labour market behaviour

    Author(s): Stephen Whelan; Sharon Parkinson

    Description: This study investigated the relationships between housing, housing markets and the labour market. It considered factors such as geographic mobility, reservation wages (i.e. the minimum wage that an unemployed individual can accept) and job search behaviours across a range of housing tenures.

    Type: research

    Whelan, S. and Parkinson, S. (2017) Housing tenure, mobility and labour market behaviour, AHURI Final Report No. 280, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/280

  6. 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

  7. 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

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

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

    Description: This report is the first output from a research project that aims 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: Other

    Barrett, G., Cigdem, M., Whelan, S. and Wood, G. (2015) The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes, AHURI Positioning Paper No. 163, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/position-papers/163

  9. Does higher housing wealth increase consumer spending?

    Author(s): Judith Yates; Stephen Whelan

    Description: This bulletin provides details of the key findings and policy implications from the completed AHURI research project Housing Wealth and Consumer Spending.

    Type: Other

    Yates, J., Whelan, S. (2009) Does higher housing wealth increase consumer spending?, AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin No. 117, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-and-policy-bulletins/117

  10. Housing wealth and consumer spending

    Author(s): Judith Yates; Stephen Whelan

    Description: This project has examined the effects of increases in housing wealth brought about by increases in house prices on general consumption spending in Australia. The results presented question the accuracy of the assertion that the relationship between house prices and general consumption spending in the economy is at its strongest among older home owners.

    Type: research

    Yates, J., Whelan, S. (2009) Housing wealth and consumer spending, AHURI Final Report No. 132, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/132