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Sticky Rents and the Stability of Housing Cycles

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  • Erdem Basci
  • Ismail Saglam

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This paper presents a simple model of housing cycles in a two good economy. We establish that nonsubstitutability between housing services and other commodities along with high degree of heterogeneity in home ownership may lead to a stable spiral path converging to a steady-state equilibrium of rental price and housing stock. Key conditions for stability are a sufficiently sticky rent adjustment dynamics and a relatively rapid depreciation of per capita housing stock.

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Paper provided by TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0901.

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