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Income Distribution and Housing Prices: An Assignment Model Approach

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  • Määttänen, Niku
  • Terviö, Marko

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We present a framework for studying the relation between the distribution of income and the distribution of housing prices that is based on an assignment model of households with heterogeneous incomes and houses of heterogeneous quality. The equilibrium distribution of prices depends on both distributions in a tractable but nontrivial manner. We infer the unobserved distribution of quality from the joint distribution of income and housing prices, and use it to generate counterfactual price distributions under counterfactual income distributions. We apply the model to estimate the impact of recently increased income inequality on the distribution of house prices in 6 US metropolitan regions. We fin that the recent increase in income inequality caused average house prices to be lower. The impact of uneven income growth on house prices has been positive only within the top decile.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 7945.

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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:7945

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  1. Nicodemo, Catia & Raya, Josep Maria, 2012. "Change in the distribution of house prices across Spanish cities," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(4), pages 739-748.
  2. Karolien De Bruyne & Jan Van Hove, 2013. "Explaining the spatial variation in housing prices: an economic geography approach," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(13), pages 1673-1689, May.

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