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The Broken Housing Market Conference

Event date
Friday, 1 June, 2018
Event time
08:00 to 16:00
Event place
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Event Type
Offline Event
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A joint NIESR/RICS/CaCHE/CFM conference 

This free one-day conference will bring together leading academics, policymakers and practitioners to discuss what is “broken” about the UK housing market and how we might go about fixing it. The event will take place at the Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, SW1P 3AA.


09:00 – 09:30

Registration and coffee

09:30 – 09:45

Opening remarks: Matthew Howell (Managing Director UK & Ireland, RICS)

09:45 – 11:00

“Housing and consumption”

Chair: Jeffrey Matsu (RICS and CaCHE)


Luisa Corrado (Tor Vergata Rome): “Consumption Dynamics, Housing Collateral and Stabilisation Policies: A Way Forward for Policy Co-Ordination?” (joint with Jagjit Chadha and Germana Corrado)- Please find the presentation’s slides here

Peter Levell (Institute for Fiscal Studies): “Consumption spending, housing investments and the role of leverage” (joint with Thomas Crossley and Hamish Low)

David Miles (Imperial College): “Houses across time and across place” (joint with James Sefton) – Please find the presentation’s slides here.

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:45

“Housing Affordability”

Chair: Roger Farmer (Warwick and NIESR)


Philippe Bracke (Bank of England): “Housing affordability and shared equity mortgages” (joint with Matteo Benetton, Joao Cocco, and Nicola Garbarino)

Ian Mulheirn (Oxford Economics): “Modelling UK House Prices and Home Ownership” (joint with Nishaal Gooroochurn). Please find the presentation’s slides here.

Kieran McQuinn (ESRI): “Exploring Affordability in the Irish Housing Market” (joint with Eoin Corrigan, Daniel Foley, Yvonne McCarthy, Conor O’Toole and Rachel Slaymaker)

Richard Donnell (Hometrack): “Cross tenure housing affordability from a market and end-user perspective”. Please find the presentation’s slides here.

12:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:45

Keynote: “Housing policy 2004-2018; three steps forward and two steps back”

Dame Kate Barker (Taylor Wimpey) Please find the presentation’s slides here.


Discussion: Stephen Aldridge (MHCLG)

14:45 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:15

“Policy lessons for a ‘broken’ housing market”

Chair: Jagjit Chadha (NIESR)


Paul Cheshire (LSE): “Broken market or broken policy? The unintended consequences of restrictive planning” – Please find the presentation’s slides here.

John Muellbauer (Oxford): “Housing, Debt and the Economy: A Tale of Two Countries” – Please find the presentation’s slides here. 

Christine Whitehead (LSE): “Housing policy and the changing tenure mix” – Please find the presentation’s slides here

Liam Halligan (Telegraph): “A Manifesto for Change” – Please find the presentation’s slides here.


Closing remarks: “Fixing the Housing Market” – Ken Gibb (CaCHE and Glasgow)



To register please follow this link