Why Can't You Afford a Home?
Leading economist Josh Ryan-Collins argues that to understand this crisis, we must examine a crucial paradox at the heart of modern capitalism. The interaction of private home ownership and a lightly regulated commercial banking system leads to a feedback cycle. Unlimited credit and money flows into an inherently finite supply of property, which causes rising house prices, declining home ownership, rising inequality and debt, stagnant growth and financial instability. Radical reforms are needed to break the cycle.
This engaging and topical book will be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why they can't find an affordable home, and what we can do about it.
- Paperback | 140 pages
- 131 x 196 x 13mm | 170g
- 11 Dec 2018
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Other books in this series
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29 Nov 2017
10 Dec 2018
Michael Hudson, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
'Why can't you afford to buy a home? It's not because of too many smashed avocadoes, or too little land, but too much bank lending. Josh Ryan-Collins clearly explains how bank lending for speculation has made housing inaccessible, and how to tame the beast of finance.'
Steve Keen, University of Kingston, author of Debunking Economics
"This book is the best short introduction I've seen to a burgeoning literature on housing and financialisation"
'Why Can't You Afford a Home? is a short, readable and valuable book...It makes a convincing set of arguments that explain much of our current housing crisis.'
About Josh Ryan-Collins