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Supply Restrictions, Subprime Lending and Regional US House Prices

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  • André Kallåk Anundsen
  • Christian Heebøll

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With regard to the recent US house price cycle, we analyze how the interaction between housing supply restrictions, mortgage credit constraints and a price-to-price feedback loop affects house price volatility. Considering 247 Metropolitan Statistical Areas, we estimate a simultaneous boom-bust system for house prices, housing supply and subprime lending. The model accounts for regional differences in supply elasticities that are determined by local variations in topographical and regulatory supply restrictions. Our results suggest that tighter supply restrictions lead to both a larger house price boom and bust, and that this is due to supply restricted areas being significantly more exposed to a financial accelerator effect and a price-to-price expectation mechanism. We further find that the presence of endogenous price ac-celeration mechanisms contribute to dilute the positive relationship between the total quantity response and the supply elasticity during a housing boom.

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  • André Kallåk Anundsen & Christian Heebøll, 2015. "Supply Restrictions, Subprime Lending and Regional US House Prices," CESifo Working Paper Series 5236, CESifo.
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    regional boom-bust cycles; housing supply restrictions; subprime lending; financial accelerator;
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    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • 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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