The Stuttgart-based Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) and the London-based Intergenerational Foundation (IF) jointly award the biennial Demography Prize, endowed with EUR 10,000 (ten thousand euros) in total prize-money, to essay-writers who address political and demographic issues pertaining to the field of intergenerational justice. The prize was initiated and is funded by the Apfelbaum Foundation.
The Demography Prize 2019 deals with the topic
“Housing crisis: How can we improve the situation for young people?”
In many European countries, and especially in large cities and university towns, affordable housing is a pressing and sometimes explosive issue. In the debate about such questions as home ownership or rent increase caps, the intergenerational perspective is often forgotten. But different generations are affected in noticeably different ways. Rising rent and purchase prices make it ever more difficult for young people to access the housing market.
What is often referred to as a “housing crisis” can certainly be seen as a question of intergenerational justice, because the baby boomers had easier access to housing or to the means to finance it. Today, the baby boomer generation benefits from housing inequality in two ways: through property values and rental income. Younger generations, on the other hand, are disadvantaged in two respects: today’s increased demand leads to further pressure on the housing market in the low-price segment, which in turn leads to an increase in the rent burden for lower and middle income groups, and also makes the purchase of residential property more difficult. In many European countries, ownership of real estate has become a much greater source of wealth inequality between generations than salary differentials.
This gloomy picture of housing and home ownership is, however, by no means universal. A comparison within the EU shows significant differences in the provision of affordable housing for the next generation. An international comparison clearly shows that a successful housing policy is therefore quite possible.
Win up to 10,000 € prize money and a publication in a professional journal!
The prize money of 10,000 € is awarded proportionately to the best submissions, whereby more or less than three prizes can also be awarded. The decision on the award of the prize is based on the recommendations of a jury of independent experts. The editors of the Intergenerational Justice Review (IGJR; www.igjr.org) will consider winning entries for publication in the summer 2020 edition.
Closing date for entries: 1 December 2019
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Who can participate?
Researchers from all disciplines may participate. There is no age limit. In particular, we encourage young scientists (students, graduates and post-docs) to participate. Team contributions are also possible.
Please note: The purpose of the Demography Prize is to stimulate scientific debate on the topic of the year. Projects and initiatives cannot be financially supported by the prize.
Submissions should be innovative and practice-oriented. Proposals for reform or analyses may be made at international level or from a case-study perspective. German and English contributions with 5,000 to 8,000 words are welcome. For more detailed information, please refer to the complete entry requirements, which you can request by e‑mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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