Do Loan-To-Value and Debt-To-Income Limits Work? Evidence From Korea

Author/Editor:

Deniz O Igan ; Heedon Kang

Publication Date:

December 1, 2011

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

With another real estate boom-bust bringing woes to the world economy, a quest for a better policy toolkit to deal with these boom-busts has begun. Macroprudential measures could be in such a toolkit. Yet, we know very little about their impact. This paper takes a step to fill this gap by analyzing the Korean experience with these measures. We find that loan-to-value and debt-to-income limits are associated with a decline in house price appreciation and transaction activity. Furthermore, the limits alter expectations, which play a key role in bubble dynamics.

Series:

Working Paper No. 11/297

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2011

ISBN/ISSN:

9781463927837/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2011297

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

35

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