Great FT Alphaville article discussing the BoE working paper on the distributional impact of UK monetary policy easing and crucially projecting what it thinks would have happened to wealth and income if the BoE had not taken the measures it did.
One inference could be that any savings for the younger age groups, accrued from reduced interest payments, a lower debt burden or less distressed wages, found their way into property prices. The younger age group, who have higher interest rate elasticity, are more likely to utilise a low-rate environment to buy their first property with a lot of debt. Looking at Chart 20, house price rises, in aggregate, accounted for nearly one-third of the income and wealth preserved over 2008-14, across all measures. This positive effect of low rates on house prices sustaining value may have been magnified by the coalition government's Help-to-Buy scheme. Introduced in 2013, the programme allowed first time buyers to put up only 5 per cent of the total value of the property for the deposit.