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

Author/Editor: Deniz Igan | Heedon Kang
Authorized for Distribution: December 1, 2011
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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.
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Series: Working Paper No. 11/297
Subject(s): Economic models | Household credit | Housing prices
Author's keyword(s): housing markets | mortgage | macroprudential regulation
    Published:   December 1, 2011        
    ISBN/ISSN:   9781463927837/1018-5941   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2011297   Pages:   35
    Price:   US$18.00
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