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International Lessons For The Property Price Boom In South Africa

  • Norbert Funke
  • Friedrich Ki�mer
  • Helmut Wagner
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    South Africa appears to share some of the characteristics (property price boom, easing of monetary policy, strong domestic demand growth) of asset price booms in industrial countries that were followed by a period of weak growth. The international experience suggests that a number of practical obstacles need to be overcome before a more proactive role for monetary policy is warranted. However, a larger variety of available mortgage contracts, including longer-term fixed-rate contracts, should allow for a more efficient allocation of interest rate risks. Also, a more systematic nationwide collection of property price data, including data on commercial property price developments, would provide a more representative basis for analysis. Copyright (c) 2006 The Authors. Journal compilation (c) 2006 Economic Society of South Africa.

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    Article provided by Economic Society of South Africa in its journal South African Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 74 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 (06)
    Pages: 205-214

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:sajeco:v:74:y:2006:i:2:p:205-214
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