Housing Major Publications:

Foreign Investment in Real Estate

20 march 2015

The proposed tax on foreign purchases of new dwellings and ban on purchases of established dwellings is unusual among developed countries outside of heavily land-constrained jurisdictions (Hong Kong and Singapore). Placing a special tax on foreign buyers of housing has similarities to an export tax on domestic products. Such taxes are rarely in place for the very good reason that they deprive local producers and sellers of markets and bring about distortions in the allocation of labour and capital, with adverse impacts upon overall productivity. Banning foreign purchases of established dwellings, other than for national security concerns, is equally unusual and would have the effect of lowering prices to the detriment of existing owners (and to state Government revenues). The corollary of this is a subsidy to domestic buyers of high valuation properties.

The Impact of Government Land Regulation

6th Annual Housing Congress, Brisbane 28 June 2011

Regulation and Urban Property Prices

Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Review of Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Planning, Zoning and Development Assessments

August 2010

The great lock out: The impact of housing and land regulations in Western Australia

Occasional Paper, April 2009

How land supply restrictions have locked young people out of the housing market

IPA Review, 2009

Land Regulations, Housing Prices and Productivity

Agenda, Volume 14, Number 1, 2007, pages 35-50

The Values Deficit

Address to the Australian Financial Review Housing Conference

9 March 2007

THE TRAGEDY OF PLANNING Losing the Great Australian Dream

First published 2006 by the Institute of Public Affairs (Incorporated in the ACT) A.C.N. 008 627 727

Fixing the crisis: A fair deal for homebuyers

This submission supports the aspirations of average Aus- tralian families and argues that current planning policies, more than any other factor, restrict the capacity of first home buyers, and other less advantaged groups, from achieving a goal of home ownership. Current planning orthodoxies inflate urban land prices and discriminate against younger and poorer people seeking to achieve home ownership.

IPA Backgrounder, October 2006

Housing Affordability

Address to HIA - July 2005

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