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Sticky Mortgage Rates: Some Empirical Evidence

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Mortgage rates have long been considered to be 'sticky' rates compared to those on other capital market instruments. Using cross-spectral analysis and a more current mortgage market time series than previously available, the author documents 1) a well-functioning bond market with few lags and tight interval couplings, 2) a secondary mortgage market that appears to be fully integrated within the medium term capital markets, and 3) a primary mortgage market that evidences declining, yet persistently positive, lags behind bond market changes. Several institutional constraints are hypothesized to account for this seemingly inconsistent behavior.

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  • Richard L. Haney, Jr., 1988. "Sticky Mortgage Rates: Some Empirical Evidence," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 3(1), pages 61-73.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:3:n:1:1988:p:61-73
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    1. Granger, C W J, 1969. "Investigating Causal Relations by Econometric Models and Cross-Spectral Methods," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 37(3), pages 424-438, July.
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    1. Valadkhani, Abbas, 2013. "The pricing behaviour of Australian banks and building societies in the residential mortgage market," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 133-151.
    2. Abbas Valadkhani & Sajid Anwar, 2012. "Interest Rate Pass-Through and the Asymmetric Relationship between the Cash Rate and the Mortgage Rate," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 88(282), pages 341-350, September.
    3. Michiel van Leuvensteijn & Wolter Hassink, 2003. "Price-setting and price dispersion in the Dutch mortgage market," CPB Discussion Paper 21, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
    4. Arbatskaya, Maria & Baye, Michael R., 2004. "Are prices 'sticky' online? Market structure effects and asymmetric responses to cost shocks in online mortgage markets," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 22(10), pages 1443-1462, December.
    5. Ambrose, Brent W. & Buttimer, Richard Jr., 2005. "GSE impact on rural mortgage markets," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 417-443, July.

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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services

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