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Working from home and long-term housing wealth inequality in large cities of advanced economies

Reza Tajaddini (School of Business, Law, and Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia)
Hassan F. Gholipour (School of Business, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)
Amir Arjomandi (School of Business, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Article publication date: 3 January 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explain the potential long-term impacts of working from home on housing wealth inequality in large cities of advanced economies.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is descriptive research and It supports the arguments by providing some emerging evidence from property markets in developed countries.

Findings

The authors argue that due to the unique nature of the COVID-19 crisis, it will have a different and long-term impact on housing wealth inequality. Changes in the working arrangements of many professionals will change the housing demand dynamic across different suburbs and may lead to a reduction of the housing wealth gap in the long term. In this paper, the authors propose five mechanisms that may impact housing wealth inequality.

Research limitations/implications

Long-term data is required to test the proposed conceptual model in this study and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing wealth across and within suburbs of large cities.

Practical implications

Policymakers and regulators may benefit from the discussions and suggestions provided in this study and consider the proposed avenues on how new changes in the working environment (remote working) may result in a reduction of housing wealth inequality.

Originality/value

This study presents a new perspective about the potential long-term impacts of working from home that is posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on housing wealth inequality in large cities of developed economies.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their constructive and useful comments on earlier version of this paper.

Citation

Tajaddini, R., Gholipour, H.F. and Arjomandi, A. (2023), "Working from home and long-term housing wealth inequality in large cities of advanced economies", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 100-115. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHMA-11-2021-0121

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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