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Sticky Mortgage Rates: Some Empirical Evidence

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    Mortgage rates have long been considered to be 'sticky' rates compared to those on other capital market instruments. Using cross-spectral analysis and a more current mortgage market time series than previously available, the author documents 1) a well-functioning bond market with few lags and tight interval couplings, 2) a secondary mortgage market that appears to be fully integrated within the medium term capital markets, and 3) a primary mortgage market that evidences declining, yet persistently positive, lags behind bond market changes. Several institutional constraints are hypothesized to account for this seemingly inconsistent behavior.

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    Article provided by American Real Estate Society in its journal Journal of Real Estate Research.

    Volume (Year): 3 (1988)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 61-73

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    1. Granger, C W J, 1969. "Investigating Causal Relations by Econometric Models and Cross-Spectral Methods," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 37(3), pages 424-38, July.
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    1. Abbas Valadkhani & Sajid Anwar, 2012. "Interest Rate Pass-Through and the Asymmetric Relationship between the Cash Rate and the Mortgage Rate," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 88(282), pages 341-350, 09.
    2. W.H.J. Hassink & M. van Leuvensteijn, 2003. "Price-setting and Price Dispersion in the Dutch Mortgage Market," Working Papers 03-07, Utrecht School of Economics.
    3. Valadkhani, Abbas, 2013. "The pricing behaviour of Australian banks and building societies in the residential mortgage market," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 133-151.
    4. Maria Arbatskaya & Michael R. Baye, 2004. "Are Prices ‘Sticky’ Online? Market Structure Effects and Asymmetric Responses to Cost Shocks in Online Mortgage Markets," Working Papers 2004-01, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy.
    5. Ambrose, Brent W. & Buttimer, Richard Jr., 2005. "GSE impact on rural mortgage markets," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 417-443, July.

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