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A Retrospective Analysis of the House Prices Macro-Relationship in the United States

  • Ibrahim Ahamada

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Jose Luis Diaz Sanchez

    (Paris School of Economics, University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and The World Bank)

This study provides empirical evidence on the strengthening of the impact of house prices on the U.S. macroeconomy. The stability of the house price macro-link is tested in a small-dimensional vector autoregressive model over the last fifty years. The estimated break points are used to split the sample into different segments, and a multivariate time-series analysis is performed within sub-samples. The paper finds a robust structural break in the mid-80s. In addition, time-series analysis across segments provides evidence that the effect of house prices, not only on private consumption but also on economic activity, has intensified since the mid-80s.

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Volume (Year): 9 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 153-174

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