Closing the housing gap: A spotlight on intergenerational inequalities

Project Details

There has never been more unequal access to housing and housing wealth among Australians. The consequences of these inequalities are different for current and future generational cohorts, a little-researched source of inequity. The project uses never-before analysed combinations of datasets and new data on Australian housing conditions to model these consequences, and to evaluate both individual and national benefits of housing interventions across generations. It applies powerful causally-focused methods to disentangle the drivers and health consequences of the intergenerational housing gap. The outcomes of this study offers policymakers robust evidence and direction for tackling this defining problem of our time.

Selected publications

Arundel, R., Li, A., Baker, E., & Bentley, R. (2022). Housing unaffordability and mental health: dynamics across age and tenure. International Journal of Housing Policy, DOI: 10.1080/19491247.2022.2106541

Arundel, R., & Ronald, R. (2021). The false promise of homeownership: Homeowner societies in an era of declining access and rising inequality. Urban Studies, 58(6), 1120–1140, DOI: 10.1177/0042098019895227

Bentley, R., Baker, E., Ronald, R., Reeves, A., Smith, S. J., Simons, K., & Mason, K. (2022). Housing affordability and mental health: an analysis of generational change. Housing Studies, 37(10), 1842-1857, DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2022.2108380

Media coverage



This project is funded by the Australian Research Council [DP190101188]

Project period

2019 – 2022


Prof Rebecca Bentley

Research Group

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Policy

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