The role of the housing market in an economy
Total mark: 30
The role of the housing market in an economy is very important and dynamic. This
essay is an opportunity for you to explore some aspects of the housing industry – and in
the process help inform and support your Research Project work.
(a) (5 marks): Using the data provided, graph the house price (level)data series at both
national and capital city level. Briefly comments on the major movements. Documents
the maximum, minimum and average monthly growth rates (percent change) in a table.
(b) (10 marks): Provide a reasonably detailed account of the evolution of both the
national and the capital city level house price growths. What might be the key drivers
behind each major movements?
(c) (10 marks): Briefly outline key changes in the housing market policies since 1980,
what was the policy, what were the rationale and what were the consequences?
(d) (5 marks): Explain how you will use the insights obtained in part (a-c) to carry out
your research project.