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Risk and return in the single-family housing market

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  • Theodore M. Crone
  • Richard P. Voith

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The tradeoff between risk and return in equity markets is well established. This paper examines the existence of the same tradeoff in the single-family housing market. For home buyers, who constitute about two-thirds of U.S. households, the choice about how much housing and which house to buy is a joint consumption/investment decision. Does this consumption/investment link negate the risk/return tradeoff within the single-family hosuing market? Theory suggests the link still holds. This paper supplies empirical evidence in support of that theoretical result.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in its series Working Papers with number 96-16.

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Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedpwp:96-16

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Keywords: Housing ; Regional economics;

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