Launch of ‘Understanding Affordability: The Economics of Housing Markets’

The new book,  ‘Understanding Affordability: The Economics of Housing Markets’, by Professor Geoff Meen (University of Reading) and Professor Christine Whitehead (LSE), is out today.

About the book

Based on the academic research of these two distinguished housing economists – and stimulated by working with governments across the world – this wide-ranging book sets out clear theoretical and empirical frameworks to tackle one of today’s most important socio-economic issues.

Housing unaffordability arises from complex forces and a prerequisite to effective policy is understanding the causes of rising house prices and rents and the interactions between housing, housing finance and the macroeconomy. The authors challenge many of the conventional wisdoms in housing policy and offer innovative recommendations to improve affordability.

Blog series

Ahead of the publication of their new book, Prof Geoff Meen and Prof Christine Whitehead produced a series of blogs of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) which cover some of the issues that the book addresses:


CaCHE will be hosting an interactive webinar with the authors on Thursday 16 July (11am – 12 noon). This will be an opportunity to learn more about the topics addressed in the book and ask questions directly to Prof Geoff Meen and Prof Christine Whitehead.

If you wish to attend, visit the Eventbrite page to book your place.

More information

The publication is now available to buy from the University Bristol Press website.

For a special discount, please use the code: GMW20 (valid until 16 July 2020).



Date: July 8, 2020 8:05 am


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