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The Thick Market Effect on Housing Markets Transactions

  • Li Gan
  • Qinghua Zhang

This paper provides a search model for housing market where the number of buyers and/or sellers plays very important role. The model makes three testable predictions: (1) the unemployment rate has a negative impact on the trading volume and the sale prices of the housing market; (2) a larger housing market has a lower average sale price, shorter time-to-sale and smaller price dispersion, in addition to a lower vacancy rate. (3) In a larger housing market, when the unemployment rate goes up (or down), the sale price decreases (or increases) by a smaller percentage than in a smaller market. All three predictions are supported by a panel dataset of the Texas city-level housing markets.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 12134.

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Date of creation: Apr 2006
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Publication status: published as Gan, Li and Qinghua Zhang. “The Thick Market Effect of Local Unemployment Rate Fluctuations.” Journal of Econometrics 133(2006): 127-152.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:12134
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