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A simple model of a speculative housing market

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  • Dieci, Roberto
  • Westerhoff, Frank

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We develop a simple model of a speculative housing market in which the demand for houses is influenced by expectations about future housing prices. Guided by empirical evidence, agents rely on extrapolative and regressive forecasting rules to form their expectations. The relative importance of these competing views evolves over time, subject to market circumstances. As it turns out, the dynamics of our model is driven by a two-dimensional nonlinear map which may display irregular boom and bust housing price cycles, as repeatedly observed in many actual markets. However, we also find that speculation may be a source of both stability and instability. --

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Paper provided by Bamberg University, Bamberg Economic Research Group in its series BERG Working Paper Series with number 62.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Keywords: Housing markets; Speculation; Boom and bust cycles; Nonlinear Dynamics;

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