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Is housing the business cycle? evidence from U.S. cities

  • Andra C. Ghent
  • Michael T. Owyang

We analyze the relationship between housing and the business cycle in a set of 51 U.S. cities. Most surprisingly, we find that declines in house prices are often not followed by declines in employment. We also find that national permits are a better leading indicator for a city’s employment than a city’s own permits.

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