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Changing supply elasticities and regional housing booms

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  • Aastveit, Knut Are

    (Norges Bank and BI Norwegian Business School)

  • Albuquerque, Bruno

    (Bank of England)

  • Anundsen, André

    (Housing Lab, Oslo Metropolitan University)

Abstract

Recent developments in US house prices mirror those of the 1996–2006 boom, but the recovery in construction activity has been weak. Using data for 254 US metropolitan areas, we show that housing supply elasticities have fallen markedly in recent years. Consistent with this, we find that monetary policy shocks have a stronger effect on house prices during the recent recovery than the previous boom. At the same time, building permits respond less. Finally, we find that housing supply elasticities have declined more in areas where land-use regulation has tightened the most, and in areas that experienced the sharpest housing busts.

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  • Aastveit, Knut Are & Albuquerque, Bruno & Anundsen, André, 2020. "Changing supply elasticities and regional housing booms," Bank of England working papers 844, Bank of England.
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    House prices; heterogeneity; housing supply elasticities; monetary policy;
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    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets

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