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Homeowner-made Housing Price Bubbles - East Germany's Example -


  • Kristof Dascher

    () (Department of International Economic Policy, University of Freiburg)


This paper argues that homeowners, if suffciently infuential, may attempt to manipulate housing prices. The paper presents an instance of, and sets out the political economy behind, one particular homeowner-made housing price bubble (in East Germany). Yet ultimately the paper suggests that homeowners may be responsible for housing price bubbles elsewhere, too. Namely, US homeowners may be the single driving force behind the latest US housing price boom that preceded the current real estate, and financial, crisis.

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  • Kristof Dascher, 2010. "Homeowner-made Housing Price Bubbles - East Germany's Example -," Discussion Paper Series 11, Department of International Economic Policy, University of Freiburg, revised Feb 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:fre:wpaper:11

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    1. Olsen, Edgar O. & Barton, David M., 1983. "The benefits and costs of public housing in New York City," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 20(3), pages 299-332, April.
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    5. Oswald Andrew J., 1996. "A Conjecture on the Explanation for High Unemployment in the Industrialized Nations : Part I," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 475, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
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    Homeowner Majority; Rent Persistence; Ratchet Effect; Policy Reform;

    JEL classification:

    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis

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