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Central banks and house prices in the run-up to the crisis

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The financial crisis and the role played within it by fluctuations in house prices has reopened the debate about whether monetary policy should respond to asset prices. This paper investigates how the central banks of the euro area, the UK and the US considered, understood and responded to the trends in house prices in the six or seven years preceding the crisis, and how they have analysed those developments since the crisis. It suggests that these central banks, particularly the Anglo-Saxon ones, might have been able to take some useful action if they had devoted more intellectual resources to analysing the possible misalignments of house prices and been willing to act on them.

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  • David Cobham, 2012. "Central banks and house prices in the run-up to the crisis," Heriot-Watt University Economics Discussion Papers 1204, Department of Economics, School of Management and Languages, Heriot Watt University.
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    1. Ulrich Volz, 2015. "On the Future of Inflation Targeting in East Asia," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 19(3), pages 638-652, August.
    2. Chatziantoniou, Ioannis & Filis, George & Floros, Christos, 2017. "Asset prices regime-switching and the role of inflation targeting monetary policy," Global Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 97-112.
    3. Antonakakis, Nikolaos & Chatziantoniou, Ioannis & Floros, Christos, 2015. "Dynamic Connectedness of UK Regional Property Prices," MPRA Paper 68421, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Cobham, David, 2015. "Multiple Objectives in Monetary Policy: A de Facto Analysis for ‘Advanced’ Countries," 2007 Annual Meeting, July 29-August 1, 2007, Portland, Oregon TN 2015-63, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    5. David, Cobham, 2013. "Monetary policy under the Labour government 1997- 2010: the first 13 years of the MPC," SIRE Discussion Papers 2013-23, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
    6. David Cobham, 2015. "Multiple Objectives in Monetary Policy: A De Facto Analysis for ‘Advanced’ Countries," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 83, pages 83-106, September.
    7. repec:wsi:serxxx:v:62:y:2017:i:05:n:s0217590815501088 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. David Cobham, 2013. "Monetary policy under the Labour government: the first 13 years of the MPC," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 29(1), pages 47-70, SPRING.
    9. repec:ags:aaea07:383 is not listed on IDEAS

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