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Sticky Rents and the Stability of Housing Cycles

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  • Erdem Basci
  • Ismail Saglam

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This paper presents a simple model of housing cycles in a two good economy. We establish that nonsubstitutability between housing services and other commodities along with high degree of heterogeneity in home ownership may lead to a stable spiral path converging to a steady-state equilibrium of rental price and housing stock. Key conditions for stability are a sufficiently sticky rent adjustment dynamics and a relatively rapid depreciation of per capita housing stock.

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  • Erdem Basci & Ismail Saglam, 2009. "Sticky Rents and the Stability of Housing Cycles," Working Papers 0902, Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.
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    Keywords

    Housing cycles; Sticky rents; Stability of equilibrium; Leontief utility;

    JEL classification:

    • C62 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Existence and Stability Conditions of Equilibrium
    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D51 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Exchange and Production Economies
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets

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