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Do Central Banks React to House Prices?

  • DARIA FINOCCHIARO
  • VIRGINIA QUEIJO HEIDEKEN

The substantial fluctuations in house prices recently experienced by many industrialized economies have stimulated a vivid debate on the possible implications for monetary policy. In this paper, we ask whether the U.S. Fed, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England have reacted to house prices. We study the responses of these central banks by estimating a structural model for each country where credit constrained agents borrow against real estate. The main result is that house price movements did play a separate role in the U.S., U.K.. and Japanese central bank reaction functions.

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Volume (Year): 45 (2013)
Issue (Month): 8 (December)
Pages: 1659-1683

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