Housing Market Volatility in the OECD Area: Evidence from VAR Based Return Decompositions
31 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2013 Last revised: 3 Sep 2014
Date Written: July 31, 2014
Vector-autoregressive models are used to decompose housing returns in 18 OECD countries into cash ow (rent) news and discount rate (return) news over the period 1970-2011. For the majority of countries news about future returns is the main driver, and both real interest rates and risk-premia play an important role in accounting for housing market volatility. Bivariate cross-country correlations and principal components analyses indicate that part of the return movements have a common factor among the majority of countries. We explain the results in terms of global changes in credit constraints and transactions costs as well as changes in monetary policy over this period. Among other things, our results shed new light on whether excessively low interest rates by the monetary authorities was a major cause for the housing boom up to 2006.
Keywords: Housing return, OECD countries, risk-premia, monetary policy
JEL Classification: C32, G12, R31
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