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Financial Liberalization And The Sensitivity Of House Prices To Monetary Policy: Theory And Evidence

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  • Matteo Iacoviello

    (Boston College)

  • Raoul Minetti

    (Michigan State University)

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We analyse the impact of financial liberalization on the link between monetary policy and house prices. We present a simple model of a small open economy subjectto credit constraints. The model shows that the higher the degree of financial liberalizationis, the stronger is the impact of interest rate shocks on house prices. We then usevector autoregressions to study the role of monetary policy shocks in house price fluctuations in Finland, Sweden and the UK, characterized by financial liberalizationepisodes over the last 20 years. We find that the response of house prices to interestrate surprises is bigger and more persistent in periods characterized by more liberalized financial markets. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester 2003

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Article provided by University of Manchester in its journal The Manchester School.

Volume (Year): 71 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 20-34

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Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:71:y:2003:i:1:p:20-34

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  1. Ben S. Bernanke & Alan S. Blinder, 1989. "The federal funds rate and the channels of monetary transmission," Working Papers 89-10, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
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