Does Large Volatility Help? — Stochastic Population Forecasting Technology in Explaining Real Estate Price Process
Asian Development Bank
School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University
March, 26 2012
Journal of Population Economics, 2010
This paper investigates the association between real estate demand and the volatility of population changes. In a financial liberalized housing market, the housing mortgage loan implies insurance function to homeowners through the default option. Larger expected volatilities in the population imply a higher value of the default option. When analyzing the impact of the long-term population development on housing prices, the traditional deterministic population forecasting employed by previous research provides limited credibility. By means of the newly developed stochastic population forecasting methodology and counterfactual numerical simulations, we found a huge volatility associated with long-term population forecasting. A positive correlation between the expected volatility of population changes and real estate demand is ascertained.
Keywords: Default option, Volatilities, Stochastic population forecasting
JEL Classification: D81, D91, J11Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 26, 2012
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