Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Impact story: housing and intergenerational inequalities

22 June 2017

Inequities have been growing deeper between generations in recent years. More recently access to housing has come to play a particularly important role. Urban Geographer Richard Ronald and his team warn policy makers about the effects of current housing policies: increasing inequalities between and within generations and potential generational conflicts.

A significant divide is developing between older and younger adult cohorts in regard to housing careers, routes into adulthood and exposure to social and economic risk. Most postwar baby boomers have the majority of their financial equity in their homes, the value of which has grown dramatically in the last three decades. This has enhanced both material and subjective levels of security. Young people, however, face significant reductions in access to home ownership.

Government responses to shifting housing and economic conditions have largely failed to grasp their impacts on conventional housing careers, nor have policies taken into account the role of housing assets in widening inequality. Governments do hold the instruments to reduce these inequalities and to provide affordable housing for all.

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