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On Roots of Housing Bubbles

  • Erdem Basci
  • Ismail Saglam

This paper is about instability of equilibrium real rents in a pure exchange economy. Our main result hinges upon a low degree of substitutability between housing services and other commodities together with a low share of owner-occupied houses. We argue that regions or economies with a low share of owner-occupied houses are more prone to housing bubbles that are driven by locally unstable rent dynamics.

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Paper provided by TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0801.

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Handle: RePEc:tob:wpaper:0801
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