The relationship between housing starts and mortgage availability

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Title: The relationship between housing starts and mortgage availability
Authors: Thom, Rodney
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Date: Nov-1985
Online since: 2008-12-09T17:17:50Z
Abstract: Sims' innovation-accounting techniques are used to investigate the relationship between housing starts and mortgage availability using U.S. monthly data over 1967-1984. First, a four variable vector autoregression is employed to compute impulse response functions. The results suggest that housing starts are significantly in fluenced by both interest rates and mortgage availability. Second, the estimated vector autoregression is used to compute a historical decomposition of the starts series using 1979(12) as the base period. The decomposition suggests that deregulation and the evolution of more competitive financial markets has led to a significant weakening of availability effects.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: MIT Press
Journal: Review of Economics and Statistics
Volume: 67
Issue: 4
Start page: 693
End page: 696
Copyright (published version): Copyright 1985 MIT Press
Subject LCSH: Housing starts--United States
Mortgage loans--United States
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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