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Understanding Recent Trends in House Prices and Home Ownership

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  • Robert J. Shiller

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This paper looks at a broad array of evidence concerning the recent boom in home prices, and considers what this means for future home prices and the economy. It does not appear possible to explain the boom in terms of fundamentals such as rents or construction costs. A psychological theory, that represents the boom as taking place because of a feedback mechanism or social epidemic that encourages a view of housing as an important investment opportunity, fits the evidence better.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 13553.

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Date of creation: Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:13553

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