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Do house prices impact business starts?

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  • Balasubramanyan, Lakshmi
  • Coulson, Edward

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At the national level, business starts and housing prices both fell dramatically over the 2007–2009 period. Using a proprietary database of business starts this paper quantitatively models the interaction between house price and business starts from 2005 to 2009. We identify the impact by exploiting the cross-sectional variation in house price changes during the period. Controlling for observable and unobservable city characteristics, we find the significance of a robust relationship between house prices and business starts depends on the size of the business starts; a robust link exists between house prices and very small business, whereas, no significant robust link is seen for large business starts.

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  • Balasubramanyan, Lakshmi & Coulson, Edward, 2013. "Do house prices impact business starts?," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 36-44.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jhouse:v:22:y:2013:i:1:p:36-44
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jhe.2013.01.001
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    1. Haubrich, Joseph G. & Balasubramanyan, Lakshmi, 2014. "What do we know about regional banks? An exploratory analysis," Working Paper 1316, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
    2. Berggren, Björn & Fili, Andreas & Wilhelmsson, Mats Håkan, 2017. "The effect of house prices on business start-ups: A review and analysis using Swedish regional data," REGION, European Regional Science Association, vol. 4, pages 1-16.
    3. Remco Mocking & Benedikt Vogt & Wolter Hassink, 2017. "Collateral Damage? Decreasing House Prices and Entrepreneurial Lending," CPB Discussion Paper 351, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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    Keywords

    House prices; Business starts; Collateral channel;

    JEL classification:

    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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