Stabilizing China’s Housing Market

Author/Editor:

Richard Koss ; Xinrui Shi

Publication Date:

April 13, 2018

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The sharp rise of house prices in China’s Tier-1 cities has fostered a great deal of commentary about the possibility of bubbles forming there. However, China’s unique housing market characteristics make it difficult to assess the macroeconomic severity of bursting bubbles, even if they exist. These include the setting of land supply and prices by the government, among many others. The presence of overbuilt “ghost cities” greatly complicates the ability of traditional macroeconomic policies to address these concerns. This paper looks at proposals to shore up the mortgage underwriting and legal infrastructure to help China withstand the impact of falling prices, should this occur.

Series:

Working Paper No. 18/89

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 13, 2018

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484348550/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2018089

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

33

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