Housing, an ever heavier burden on household budgets


DECRYPTION – The OECD is alarmed by the jump in this spending item in recent years, fueled by rising house prices.

It is a thorn in the side of households in many developed countries. Access to affordable housing y “Becomes more and more difficult”, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is alarmed in a report. “Housing is much more than where you live, points out Mathias Cormann, Secretary General of the OECD. It is the most important item in the household budget, and a key element of economic performance as well as well-being. ”

With real estate prices soaring around the world in recent years, the weight of housing in OECD household spending has increased by nearly 20% in a decade, from 2005 to 2015 Households then devoted nearly a third of their income to this expenditure (31%). The trend has not improved since. The difficulties in finding housing no longer spare the middle classes, even if the burden is heavier for disadvantaged households, underlines the institution.

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