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Did the Recent Housing Boom Signal the Global Financial Crisis?

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  • David M. Kemme

    () (Department of Economics, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, USA)

  • Saktinil Roy

    () (Centre for Finance, Economics and Operations Management, Athabasca University, 22 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue, Suite 301, Saint Albert, AB T8N 1B4, Canada)

Abstract

Shiller's (2005) prediction of the current global crisis followed from two key observations: (i) the recent housing booms in the United States and other advanced countries were not explained by economic fundamentals; and (ii) historically similar financial booms eventually collapsed, leading to recession. This article provides an empirical framework linking Shiller's (2005) observations and crisis prediction. We utilize vector error correction models and panel probit and logit models to show that tracking a single variable, real house prices, was sufficient to predict the current global crisis.

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  • David M. Kemme & Saktinil Roy, 2012. "Did the Recent Housing Boom Signal the Global Financial Crisis?," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 78(3), pages 999-1018, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:78:3:y:2012:p:999-1018
    DOI: 10.4284/0038-4038-78.3.999
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