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Housing Cycles In The Major Euro Area Countries

  • Luis J. Álvarez


    (Banco de España)

  • Guido Bulligan


    (Banca d’Italia)

  • Alberto Cabrero


    (Banco de España)

  • Laurent Ferrara


    (Banque de France)

  • Harald Stahl


    (Deutsche Bundesbank)

The recent burst of the house price bubble in the United States and its spillover effects on real economies worldwide has rekindled the interest in the role of housing in the business cycle. In this paper, we investigate the relationships between housing cycles among the four major euro area countries (Germany, France, Italy and Spain) over the sample 1980Q1-2008Q4. Our main findings are that GDP cycles show a high degree of comovement across these four countries, reflecting trade linkages, but much weaker ones for housing market cycles, where idiosyncratic factors play a major role. House prices are even less related than quantities across countries. We also find much stronger relationships in the common monetary policy period.

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Paper provided by Banco de Espa�a in its series Banco de Espa�a Occasional Papers with number 1001.

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