Fixing the housing crisis

the role of intergenerational policy design in addressing the issues

  • Nick Wilson


This article looks at the intergenerational issues associated with housing in New Zealand. Election year is again upon us (Covid-19 permitting) and, with the problems surrounding KiwiBuild, housing affordability is under the spotlight. It is no secret that New Zealand has a housing affordability problem and many causes are feeding this.

Two of these causes – capital taxation inconsistencies and infrastructure issues – will be the focus of this article. Inconsistencies in the taxation of capital income are a major source of the problem, causing intergenerational transfers from younger to older generations. A land tax is a possible solution. Complementary policies targeted at addressing infrastructure bottlenecks also have an important role to play.


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WILSON, Nick. Fixing the housing crisis. Policy Quarterly, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 2, may 2020. ISSN 2324-1101. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 29 nov. 2020. doi: