This project will extend the iconic life cycle model to incorporate housing purchase as a specific and discrete choice. It will also investigate the implications of mistakes in such choices for lifetime welfare, drawing on and contributing to an extensive literature pointing to confusion as an important feature of complex choices. Structural estimation of such a model will break new ground in scientific investigation of housing choice. The modelling will generate new perspectives on the relative efficacy of alternative policies to facilitate housing affordability, and will offer new insights into the role of housing in inequality as the population ages.
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