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Risk Shocks and Housing Markets

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  • Dorofeenko, Victor

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria)

  • Lee, Gabriel S.

    (IREBS, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany, and Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria)

  • Salyer, Kevin D.

    (Department of Economics, University of California, Davis, USA)

Abstract

This paper analyzes the role of uncertainty in a multi-sector housing model with financial frictions. We include time varying uncertainty (i.e. risk shocks) in the technology shocks that affect housing production. The analysis demonstrates that risk shocks to the housing production sector are a quantitatively important impulse mechanism for the business cycle. Also, we demonstrate that bankruptcy costs act as an endogenous markup factor in housing prices; as a consequence, the volatility of housing prices is greater than that of output, as observed in the data. The model can also account for the observed countercyclical behavior of risk premia on loans to the housing sector.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 249.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:249

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Keywords: Agency costs; credit channel; time-varying uncertainty; residential investment; housing production; calibration;

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  1. Viktor Dorofeenko & Gabriel S. Lee & Kevin D. Salyer, 2011. "Rationale Erklärungen für Immobilienpreis‐Bubbles: Die Auswirkungen von Risikoschocks auf die Wohnimmobilienpreisvolatilität und die Volatilität von Investitionen in Wohnimmobilien," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 12(2), pages 151-169, 05.

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