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Quasi-Experimental Evidence on The Connection Between Property Taxes and Residential Capital Investment

From Byron Lutz: Do low property taxes attract residential capital investment? This question is answered using an unusual school finance reform in the state of New Hampshire. The reform induced large shifts in property tax burdens and this shock is used … Continue reading

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Tax Benefits to Housing and Inefficiencies in Location and Consumption

From David Albouy and Andrew Hanson: Tax benefits to owner-occupied housing provide incentives for housing consumption, offsetting weaker disincentives of the property tax. These benefits also help counter the penalty federal taxes impose on households who work in productive high-wage … Continue reading

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Arrested Development: Theory and Evidence of Supply-Side Speculation in the Housing Market

From Nathanson and Zwick: This paper incorporates speculation into the standard supply-and-demand framework used to analyze housing booms and busts. Speculation reverses the common intuition that elastic housing supply attenuates housing booms. Housing market frictions make land a more attractive … Continue reading

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Housing Collateral and Entrepreneurship

From Martin Schmalz, David Sraer, and David Thesmar: This paper shows that collateral constraints restrict entrepreneurial activity. Our empirical strategy uses variations in local house prices as shocks to the value of col- lateral available to individuals owning a house and … Continue reading

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Housing Dynamics

From Ed Glaeser, Joseph Gyourko, Eduardo Morales and Charles Nathanson: The volatility of housing prices and construction levels is high. Both price changes and permits exhibit strong positive serial correlations at one year frequencies. Prices, but not permits, show strong mean … Continue reading

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Heterogeneity in the MPC: Evidence from the Crisis

We find evidence supportive of heterogeneity in the MPC by household income and leverage. For example, the MPC for households living in zip codes with an average annual income of less than $35 thousand is three times as large as … Continue reading

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One thing I learned in Hanover this weekend – UK Housing Subsidies Edition

Sorry for the light posting – I was out of town for a college reunion. It was great to talk to old classmates. One of my friends who lives in London told me about new UK mortgage subsidy programs that … Continue reading

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Will Housing Save the U.S. Economy? by Amir Sufi

Sufi has a short paper on this issue that is worth reading. My bottom line is that we need to temper our optimism on what  a housing recovery can do for the U.S. economy. I agree that house prices will continue … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Decline, Housing Booms, and Non-Employment

Kerwin Kofi Charles, Erik Hurst, and Matt Notowidigdo argue that the housing boom masked a structural decline in manufacturing employment in a recent paper. They estimate that 40% of the increase in non-employment from 2000-2011 can be attributed to the … Continue reading

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Concentration in Mortgage Lending, Refinancing Activity, and Mortgage Rates

Here’s a recent paper from David Scharfstein and Adi Sunderam on the effects of mortgage market concentration on refinancing effectiveness. Seems like some interesting variation that could be used to trace out the effects of refinancing on consumption in a follow up … Continue reading

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