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Do Central Banks React to House Prices?

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  • Finocchiaro, Daria

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    (Research Department, Central Bank of Sweden)

  • Queijo von Heideken, Virginia

    ()
    (Research Department, Central Bank of Sweden)

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The substantial fluctuations in house prices recently experienced by many industrialized economies have stimulated a vivid debate on the possible implications for monetary policy. In this paper, we ask whether the U.S. Fed, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England have reacted to house prices. We study the responses of these central banks by estimating a structural model for each country where credit constrained agents borrow against real estate. The main result is that house price movements did play a separate role in the U.S., U.K.. and Japanese central bank reaction functions.

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Paper provided by Sveriges Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden) in its series Working Paper Series with number 217.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2007
Date of revision: 01 Aug 2009
Handle: RePEc:hhs:rbnkwp:0217

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Keywords: House prices; monetary policy; DSGE models; Bayesian estimation;

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  1. Sandra Gomes & Caterina Mendicino, 2011. "Housing Market Dynamics: Any News?," Working Papers w201121, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  2. Landais, Bernard, 2010. "The monetary origins of the financial and economic crisis," MPRA Paper 23769, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Christophe Andre & Rangan Gupta & Patrick T. Kanda, 2012. "Do House Prices Impact Consumption and Interest Rate? Evidence from OECD Countries using an Agnostic Identification Procedure," Applied Economics Quarterly (formerly: Konjunkturpolitik), Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 58(1), pages 19-70.
  4. Landais, Bernard, 2009. "La politique monétaire et la crise
    [Monetary Policy and The Crisis]
    ," MPRA Paper 15652, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Francesco Furlanetto, 2011. "Does Monetary Policy React to Asset Prices? Some International Evidence," International Journal of Central Banking, International Journal of Central Banking, vol. 7(3), pages 91-111, September.
  6. Chen, Nan-Kuang & Cheng, Han-Liang & Mao, Ching-Sheng, 2012. "House price, mortgage premium, and business fluctuations," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 1388-1398.
  7. Vittorio Peretti & Rangan Gupta & Roula Inglesi-Lotz, 2012. "Do House Prices Impact Consumption and Interest Rate in South Africa? Evidence from a Time-Varying Vector Autoregressive Model," Working Papers 201216, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
  8. Nilavongse, Rachatar, 2013. "Credit disruptions and the spillover effects between the household and business sectors," Economics Discussion Papers 2013-48, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  9. Goodness C. Aye & Rangan Gupta & Mampho P. Modise, 2012. "Do Stock Prices Impact Consumption and Interest Rate in South Africa? Evidence from a Time-Varying Vector Autoregressive Model," Working Papers 201224, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.

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