How best to cool down the housing market

The Financial Times recently asked Kristian Niemietz, Senior Research Fellow at the IEA, to give his thoughts on how best to remedy the rate of price growth in the UK housing market. Over the past 30 years the UK has built fewer new homes compared to any other country in Europe. Kristian prescribes a number of measures to boost housing development in the UK,  including the liberalisation of planning laws, the abolition of green belts and the decentralisation of the tax system.

 

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