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Can the Montersen-Pissarides Model Match the Housing Market Facts?

  • Gaetano Lisi


    (Department of Economics and Law, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio)

In the housing markets three basic facts have been repeatedly reported by empirical studies: the existence of price dispersion, the positive correlation between housing price and timeon-the-market, and between housing price and trading volume. Since housing markets are characterised by a decentralised framework of exchange with important search and matching frictions, this paper examines whether the baseline search and matching model can account for these three basic facts. We find that the standard matching framework allows to obtain a direct relationship between market frictions and house prices which represents the key mechanism to explain the basic facts of the housing market.

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Paper provided by Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia in its series Working Papers with number 1312.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:eec:wpaper:1312
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