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A Theory of Housing Demand Shocks

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  • Zheng Liu

    (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)

  • Pengfei Wang

    (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

  • Tao Zha

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)

Abstract

Housing demand shocks are an important source of housing price fluctuations and, through the collateral channel, they drive macroeconomic fluctuations as well. However, these reduced-form shocks in the standard macro models fail to generate the observed large fluctuations in the housing price-to-rent ratio. We build a tractable heterogeneous-agent model that provides a microeconomic foundation for housing demand shocks. Households with high marginal utility of housing face binding credit constraints, giving rise to a liquidity premium in the aggregated housing Euler equation. The liquidity premium drives a wedge between the house price and the average rent and allows credit supply shocks to generate large fluctuations in house prices and the price-to-rent ratio.

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  • Zheng Liu & Pengfei Wang & Tao Zha, 2019. "A Theory of Housing Demand Shocks," 2019 Meeting Papers 78, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    1. J. Scott Davis & Kevin X. D. Huang & Ayse Sapci, 2020. "Imperfect Substitutability in Real Estate Markets and the Effect of Housing Demand on the Macroeconomy," Globalization Institute Working Papers 401, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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