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Getting a Helping Hand: Parental Transfers and First-Time Homebuyers

  • Maurice J. Roche

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    (Economics Department, National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

  • David Duffy

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    (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland.)

A model that allows for inter vivos intergenerational transfers in a booming housing market is developed. The model is used to explain how transfers effect the first-time homebuyer’s consumption and housing decisions by alleviating borrowing constraints. The general implications of the model are tested using data from the leading Irish mortgage provider. We find that private transfers are targeted towards homebuyers that are liquidity constrained.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth in its series Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series with number n1740507.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:may:mayecw:n1740507
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