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On the Positive Slope of the Beveridge Curve in the Housing Market

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  • Miroslav Gabrovski
  • Victor Ortego-Marti

    (Department of Economics, University of California Riverside)

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The co-movement of buyers and vacancies, i.e. the Beveridge Curve, is a key determinant of the cyclical properties of the housing market, as it determines the sign of the correlation between prices and key measures of liquidity such as vacancies (i.e.\ houses for sale), sales, and time-to-sell. As recent work has shown, to account for the core stylized facts of the housing market, search and matching models must be consistent with a positively correlated co-movement of buyers and vacancies, i.e.\ with an upward-sloping Beveridge Curve. This paper provides evidence that buyers and vacancies are positively correlated along the housing cycle, i.e. the Beveridge Curve on the housing market is upward sloping. Using data on vacancies and time-to-sell, we construct a series for buyers and estimate the slope of the Beveridge Curve. This approach requires only one minimal structural assumption: the existence of a matching function. Our findings confirm the positive relationship between buyers and vacancies over the business cycle, i.e. an upward sloping Beveridge Curve. In addition, we provide an estimate of the elasticity of vacancies with respect to buyers. We find that a one percent increase in vacancies is associated with around a two percent increase in buyers, confirming recent findings that buyers are more volatile than houses for sale. We hope that this estimate will help future researchers in this area.

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  • Miroslav Gabrovski & Victor Ortego-Marti, 2021. "On the Positive Slope of the Beveridge Curve in the Housing Market," Working Papers 202113, University of California at Riverside, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Housing market; Search and matching; Beveridge Curve; Housing liquidity;
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    JEL classification:

    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • 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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