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Tackling Housing Market Volatility in the UK. Part I: Long- and Short-term Volatility


  • Mark Stephens


The UK housing market has exhibited persistent price volatility over the past 40 years, which has deleterious social and economic consequences. This is the first of two papers to synthesise the work of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Housing Market Taskforce that was established to identify long-term solutions to tackle, first, the root causes of volatility and, second, to provide better protection for households from its consequences. This paper deals with the first of these issues. It argues that there is a need to improve housing supply to tackle volatility in the long run, but that that counter-cyclical policies are also required to tackle volatility in the short run.

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  • Mark Stephens, 2012. "Tackling Housing Market Volatility in the UK. Part I: Long- and Short-term Volatility," International Journal of Housing Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(3), pages 367-380, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:intjhp:v:12:y:2012:i:3:p:367-380
    DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2012.709674

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    1. Chyi Lin Lee & Richard G. Reed, 2014. "The Relationship between Housing Market Intervention for First-Time Buyers and House Price Volatility," Housing Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(8), pages 1073-1095, November.
    2. Sarah Nield, 2015. "Mortgage Market Review: “Hard-Wired Common Sense?”," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 38(2), pages 139-159, June.
    3. Geoffrey M. Ngene & Daniel P. Sohn & M. Kabir Hassan, 2017. "Time-Varying and Spatial Herding Behavior in the US Housing Market: Evidence from Direct Housing Prices," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 54(4), pages 482-514, May.
    4. Leung, Charles Ka Yui & Tang, Edward Chi Ho, 2014. "Availability, Affordability and Volatility: the case of Hong Kong Housing Market," MPRA Paper 58770, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Girum D. Abate & Luc Anselin, 2016. "House price fluctuations and the business cycle dynamics," CREATES Research Papers 2016-06, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
    6. Charles Ka Yui Leung, 2015. "Availability, Affordability and Volatility: The Case of the Hong Kong Housing Market," International Real Estate Review, Asian Real Estate Society, vol. 18(3), pages 383-428.

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