Fundamental and Speculative Demands for Housing

Author/Editor:

Weicheng Lian

Publication Date:

March 19, 2019

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Summary:

This paper separates the roles of demand for housing services and belief about future house prices in a house price cycle, by utilizing a feature of user-cost-of-housing that it is sensitive to demand for housing services only. Optimality conditions of producing housing services determine user-cost-of-housing and the elasticity of substitution between land and structures in producing housing services. I find that the impact of demand for housing services on house prices is amplified by a small elasticity of substitution, and demand explained four fifths of the U.S. house price boom in the 2000s.

Series:

Working Paper No. 19/63

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 19, 2019

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498302722/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2019063

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

54

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