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Financial liberalization and house price dynamics in Europe

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Giuliodori, Massimo; Ganoulis, Ioannis

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Abstract This paper investigates the determinants of house prices in a sample of European countries over the period 1970-2004. Focusing on the role of financial liberalization, we find that it has mainly affected the short term dynamics of residential prices. In particular, the impulse effects on house prices of income and mortgage debt have become smaller. On the other hand the effects of interest rates, past house prices and, to a lesser degree, stock market have strengthened. In other words, there seems to have been a certain “de-linking” of short term house price dynamics from income, whereas the housing market may have become more similar to a financial asset market, with interest rates and expectations of capital gains playing a more prominent role.
Classification Political Economy; Economic Policy
Free Keywords house prices; financial liberalization; cointegration; error correction mechanism
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages 69 p.
Journal Applied Economics (2010)
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)