Housing, Distribution, and Welfare

Nobuhiro Kiyotaki, Alexander Michaelides, Kalin Nikolov

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Abstract

Housing is a long-lived asset whose value is sensitive to variations in expectations of long-run growth rates and interest rates. When a large fraction of households has leverage, housing price fluctuations cause large-scale redistribution and consumption volatility. We find that a practical way to insure the young and the poor from the housing market fluctuations is through a well-functioning rental market. In practice, homeownership subsidies keep the rental market small and the housing cycle affects aggregate consumption. Removing homeownership subsidies hurts old homeowners, while leverage limits hurt young homeowners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Money, Credit and Banking
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

Keywords

  • credit constraints
  • distribution
  • housing prices
  • rental markets
  • welfare

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