Hedging Housing Risk and the New Economy: Is There a Connection, and Should Firms Care?
University of Texas at Dallas - School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Global Business and Economics Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 10-36
This paper analyzes housing price dynamics in and outside of Telecom Corridor, a region near Dallas, Texas, with a high concentration of new economy firms. Using separate home price indexes in and outside this region, the paper tests whether home values are more volatile in the new economy area and compares mean-variance efficient portfolio weights on housing. The problem of hedging housing price volatility appears to be more severe in the high tech sector, suggesting that new economy firms may benefit by offering workers various forms of home price insurance in lieu of cash wages.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: Real Estate Economics, Real Estate Risk, Residential Markets, Labor and Housing Markets, Behavioral Economics, House Prices, Home Prices, Volatility
JEL Classification: D03, R20, J00Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 15, 2010
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