Title: The long-run relationship between house prices and income reexamined: the role of mortgage interest deduction and mortgage product innovation
Authors: Damen, Sven
Vastmans, Frank
Buyst, Erik
Issue Date: Apr-2014
Publisher: KULeuven CES
Series Title: CES - Discussion paper series, DPS14.09 pages:1-49
Abstract: We propose that the borrower’s ability to pay through a mortgage is a long-run house price fundamental and …find convincing evidence by means of cointegration tests, granger causality, and an elasticity of house prices with respect to ability to pay close to one. Ability to pay incorporates the effect of a decreasing trend in interest rates, changes in mortgage interest deduction and the recent innovation in mortgage products. We apply the model to the United States of America, United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. The results provide an intuitive alternative to standard house price models.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IR
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Economic History, Leuven

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