The Impact on Residential Choice of the Family Home Exemption in Resource-Tested Transfer Programs
John Piggott () and
Renuka Sane ()
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Renuka Sane: Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
No 201112, Working Papers from ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales
Many countries have policies offering transfers or other entitlements, subject to a resources test. In most cases, these exempt the family home. While the impacts of means-tested programs on saving and labor supply have been extensively studied, exempting the owner-occupier home has escaped analytic attention. We assess the exemption of the owner-occupied home from the Australian age-pension on residential mobility and housing trade-downs. Results suggest that this provision discourages trade-down behaviour.
Keywords: Elderly mobility; housing; residential transition; means-testing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I38 H5 J14 R2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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