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Slowdown in housing won't shut down economic growth


  • William Poole


After years of press predictions that the hot housing market was about to cool down, the inevitable seems to be unfolding. Compared with the same period a year earlier, sales of new and existing homes slowed over the first four months of 2006, inventories of unsold new homes rose sharply and new and existing home prices softened. With mortgage interest rates creeping up, it is conceivable that housing may weaken further. ; But there’s no reason to think that the overall economy is threatened, as when stock prices did an about-face in 2000, helping to send the country into recession.

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  • William Poole, 2006. "Slowdown in housing won't shut down economic growth," The Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, issue Jul, pages 1-3.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlre:y:2006:i:jul:p:3

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    1. Hilary Croke & Steven B. Kamin & Sylvain Leduc, 2005. "Financial market developments and economic activity during current account adjustments in industrial economies," International Finance Discussion Papers 827, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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