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The effect of gasoline prices on household location

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  • Raven Molloy

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    (Federal Reserve Board)

  • Hui Shan

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    (Federal Reserve Board)

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By raising commuting costs, an increase in gasoline prices should reduce the demand for housing in areas far from employment centers relative to locations closer to jobs. Using annual panel data on a large number of ZIP codes and municipalities from 1981 to 2008, we find that a 10 percent increase in gas prices leads to a 10 percent decrease in construction in locations with a long average commute relative to other locations, but to no significant change in house prices. Thus, the supply response may prevent the change in housing demand from capitalizing in house prices.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) in its series Working Papers with number 2010/28.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ieb:wpaper:2010/9/doc2010-28

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Keywords: Gasoline price; household location; housing; commuting;

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Cited by:
  1. Michael J. Boehm, 2013. "Concentration Versus Re-Matching? Evidence About the Locational Effects of Commuting Costs," CEP Discussion Papers dp1207, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  2. David Genesove & Lu Han, 2012. "A Spatial Look at Housing Boom and Bust Cycles," NBER Chapters, in: Housing and the Financial Crisis, pages 105-141 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Michael J. Boehm, 2013. "Concentration versus re-matching? Evidence about the locational effects of commuting costs," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 51542, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  4. Larson, William & Liu, Feng & Yezer, Anthony, 2012. "Energy footprint of the city: Effects of urban land use and transportation policies," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(2), pages 147-159.

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