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What our housing conversations no longer say - NZIER Insight 79

New Zealand’s housing conversation has always been a metaphor for different things. Now houses are strictly investments. We have an obsession with them. Using data from DigitalNZ, this Insight looks at how the conversation about housing in New Zealand has changed over time. Read more

Falling from heights: Cost benefit analysis of scaffolding for single storey houses

A report commissioned by BRANZ and funded by the Building Research Levy. Read more

Pacific economic trends and snapshot 2016

A report for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Read more

Growing up in Auckland? Mapping drivers of residential land growth

In this paper we decomposed growth in residential land into population growth, household size, and land use per capita. We found that the growth in residential land between 1996 and 2013 was identical to the rate of population growth: 28%. Population density has not change significant … Read more

The price is right : land prices can help guide land use regulation

House prices continue to reach new heights, pricing many younger families out of home ownership and reducing the capacity for some cities to accommodate productive workers. Land supply, initially carefully planned to keep up with demographic forecasts, has been crimped by a combinatio … Read more

Bespoke residential housing demand and construction innovation

NZIER report to BRANZ and the Building and Construction Productivity Partnership. Read more

The home affordability challenge : suite of policy reforms needed in New Zealand

Fixation with home ownership causing economic and social despair Read more

The Bank of England's new approach to mortgage restrictions better targeted than LVR policy - NZIER Insight 46

Just last week Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, tightened the rules on mortgage lending in the United Kingdom. Now loans set at more than 4.5 times income can make up only 15 percent of new mortgage lending. We like this approach to financial stability because it dire … Read more

Big city life? Challenges and trade-offs for Auckland city

Auckland is on the move. Economic growth is outpacing most regions and people continue to flow into the city. This is putting pressure on the shape of Auckland city and the form of housing and transport infrastructure. So it's not surprising that Auckland is revising its planning for … Read more

Is there a housing shortage? NZIER Insight 5

Housing has been a key driver of the economy over recent years, both in creating strong growth and the recent recession. Recent house price, house sales and building consents data suggest the cycle is turning up, although there is considerable uncertainty around the sustainability of … Read more

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