Question 1 – Article Analysis
i. Read the following articles and write a summary of each article that highlights the main economic issue(s) being discussed.
“RBA governor Philip Lowe only sees one way to solve Australia's housing affordability problem” at https://www.businessinsider.com.au/lowe-housing-affordability-2017-4 “Sydney squeeze: Is rent control the answer to the housing affordability crisis?” athttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-21/sydney-squeeze-affordable-housing-rent-controloptions/8370364
ii. Discuss three (3) of the factors that have contributed to the unaffordability of housing in Australia and three (3) approaches that policy makers have put forth to address the issue of housing affordability.
iii. Using a demand and supply diagram for the housing or rental market in Australia, illustrate the effect of one of the factors that have contributed to the rise in housing or rental prices in Australia. Briefly explain your diagram and state which side of the market is being affected and why and the effects to equilibrium price and quantity.
Question 2 – Rental Market Analysis
i. Using a demand and supply diagram for the market for rental properties, illustrate and explain the effect of a (binding) rent ceiling.
Your analysis should discuss the welfare effects on this market and the changes to quantity demand and supplied.
ii. List and briefly discuss 2 alternative mechanisms that may help to ration the rental stock when the free-market price is prevented from achieving a market-clearing equilibrium.
iii. Discuss how the quality of the rental stock may be affected by the implementation of a rent ceiling.