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Irreversibility, Uncertainty and Housing Investment

  • William Miles


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    Housing represents a form of “irreversible” investment. Theoretically, increased uncertainty should lower housing investment. Empirically, finding a proxy for uncertainty has proven problematic. Some recent papers have investigated the effect of uncertainty on real estate investment, with varying proxies for uncertainty and mixed results. This paper employs a technique used in modern macroeconomic studies, the Generalized Autoregressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity-in-Mean model, which has been shown to correspond as closely as any known measure to theoretical concepts of uncertainty. Results indicate that uncertainty indeed has a negative impact on housing starts. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

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    Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (February)
    Pages: 173-182

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jrefec:v:38:y:2009:i:2:p:173-182
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