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  • Yu Zhu

    (Wisconsin)

  • Randall Wright

    (U Wisconsin)

  • Chao He

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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We study economies where houses, in addition to providing utility as shelter, may also facilitate credit transactions, since home equity can be used as collateral. We document there were big increases in home-equity-backed consumption loans coinciding with the start of the house price boom, and suggest an explanation. When it can be used as collateral, housing can bear a liquidity premium. Since liquidity is endogenous, even when fundamentals are constant and agents fully rational house prices can display complicated equilibrium paths resembling bubbles. Our framework is tractable, with exogenous or with endogenous supply, yet captures several salient features of housing markets. The effects of monetary policy are also discussed.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2012 Meeting Papers with number 94.

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  2. Dietrich, Diemo & Hauck, Achim, 2014. "Bank capital regulation, loan contracts, and corporate investment," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 54(2), pages 230-241.
  3. Pengfei Wang & Lifang Xu & Jianjun Miao, 2013. "Stock Market Bubbles and Unemployment," 2013 Meeting Papers 720, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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  5. Venky Venkateswaran & Randall Wright, 2013. "Pledgability and Liquidity: A New Monetarist Model of Financial and Macroeconomic Activity," NBER Working Papers 19009, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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