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Monetary Policy and Housing Sector Dynamics in a Large-Scale Bayesian Vector Autoregressive Model

  • Rangan Gupta

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

  • Marius Jurgilas

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    (Financial Stability Directorate, Bank of England)

  • Alain Kabundi

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    (Department of Economics and Econometrics, University of Johannesburg)

  • Stephen M. Miller

    ()

    (College of Business, University of Las Vegas, Nevada)

Our paper considers the channel whereby monetary policy, a Federal funds rate shock, affects the dynamics of the US housing sector. The analysis uses impulse response functions obtained from a large-scale Bayesian Vector Autoregression (LBVAR) model that incorporates 143 monthly macroeconomic variables over the period of 1986:01 to 2003:12, including 21 variables relating to the housing sector at the national and four census regions. We find at the national level that housing starts, housing permits, and housing sales fall in response to the tightening of monetary policy. Housing sales reacts more quickly and sharply than starts and permits and exhibits more duration. Housing prices show the weakest response to the monetary policy shock. At the regional level, we conclude that the housing sector in the South drives the national data. The responses in the West differ the most from the other regions, especially for the impulse responses of housing starts and permits.

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Paper provided by University of Pretoria, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 200913.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
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