By John Doling, Marja Elsinga (auth.)
Across the ecu, populations are shrinking and growing old. An expanding burden is being put on a smaller operating inhabitants to generate the taxes required for pensions and care expenditures. Welfare states are weakening in lots of nations and throughout Europe, families are being more and more anticipated to plot for his or her retirement and destiny care wishes inside this dicy setting. while, the percentage of individuals deciding to buy their very own domestic in such a lot international locations has risen, in order that a few two-thirds of eu families now personal their houses. Housing fairness now significantly exceeds overall ecu GDP.
This booklet discusses questions like: to what quantity may possibly domestic possession supply a possible therapy for many of the results of growing older populations by way of understanding housing fairness for you to meet the intake wishes of older humans? What does this suggest for styles of inheritance and longer-term inequalities throughout Europe? And to what volume are governments banking on their electorate employing their housing wealth now and sooner or later?
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Additional info for Demographic Change and Housing Wealth:: Home-owners, Pensions and Asset-based Welfare in Europe
The EU-SILC data set covers the EU27 and contains information on households and housing though containing little on all assets in their portfolios. 3 Characteristics of main data sets OECD EU-SILC SHARE Level Macro Micro Data Economic indicators, assets OECD, diverse selections Income and living conditions EU27 Micro, only households of 55+ Income, assets, household structures Nine European countries Countries over 55 years and to a small number of EU countries. Together with existing literature, mainly itself comparative, these sources have enabled a picture to be built up of the main trends and relationships affecting the building up and using of housing assets across Europe.
Clearly, then, each country in the EU has a different pattern of housing tenure and with that different opportunities for households to become homeowners. The challenge taken up in the rest of this chapter is the presentation of explanations for those variations. 1 Homeownership Rates and Welfare: A Trade-Off? Homeownership and Social Spending The argument that national rates of homeownership could be explained by reference to welfare systems was developed by Jim Kemeny (1980). 3 Homeownership Rates and Welfare: A Trade-Off?
I am paying but I am making a kind of saving because it is an asset I have. If I rented I would also have to pay and in the end I would have nothing. It is like making a savings account in a bank but in a flat. I am ‘depositing’ the money of the mortgage. Moreover, the value I pay to the bank is lower than what I would pay for renting a place of the same size. (Portugal, 25–35 years) I just didn´t want to give away my money to anybody, I wanted to invest in something by myself in order to have something for old age.