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House prices, consumption, and monetary policy: a financial accelerator approach

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  • Aoki, Kosuke

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  • James Proudman
  • Gertjan Vlieghe

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We consider a general equilibrium model where asymmetric information problems create frictions in credit markets used by households. In our economy, houses serve as collateral to lower the agency costs related to borrowing. We show that this amplifies the effect of monetary policy shocks on housing investment, house prices and consumption. We consider the effect of a structural change in credit markets that lowers the transaction costs of additional borrowing against housing equity. We show that such a change would increase the effect of monetary policy shocks on consumption, but would decrease the effect on house prices and housing investment.

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  • Aoki, Kosuke & James Proudman & Gertjan Vlieghe, 2003. "House prices, consumption, and monetary policy: a financial accelerator approach," Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 7, Royal Economic Society.
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    Keywords

    house prices; credit frictions; monetary policy; financial accelerator; consumption;
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    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand

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