Posts by James Wood

James Wood, Teaching Fellow in International Political Economy, King’s College London

Budget 2017: Facilitating Homeownership to build political support

James Wood

The recent Budget showed the Conservatives following Thatcher’s example of facilitating homeownership as a means to build political support The 2017 Budget introduced a series of policy measures aimed at tackling Britain’s growing owner-occupied housing crisis, which, at its core, is a crisis of affordability. Since the 1980s, house prices have increased in Britain at a faster rate than in … Continue reading

11 December 2017 by James Wood
Categories: SPERI Comment Tags: , , , ,

Mortgage debt and wages: A comparison of Britain and Denmark

James Wood

Different approaches to mortgage debt may impact wages, how homeowners engage with employers and welfare services, and economic growth One of the primary motivations for homeownership in advanced economies is securing the home as a financial asset. Whilst this is widely recognised, the impact of mortgage debt on aggregate wages is not. This post looks at how taking on mortgage … Continue reading

14 June 2016 by James Wood
Categories: British growth crisis, Debt, Economics, SPERI Comment Tags: , , ,