Housing Cycles and Exchange Rates

Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2019-03-014

Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2019-14

83 Pages Posted: 9 May 2019 Last revised: 29 Jul 2019

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Sai Ma

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve

Shaojun Zhang

The Ohio State University

Date Written: July 25, 2019

Abstract

This paper documents that U.S. housing capital investment is a strong negative predictor of U.S. dollar changes and excess returns over the next six months to five years. Other advanced economies exhibit similar patterns. Moreover, positive housing supply shocks persistently predict lower relative prices of nontradables, higher output growth, and higher macroeconomic volatility. A model with housing investment shows that these channels generate the exchange rate predictability under incomplete and complete markets, respectively. Cross-sectionally, currencies with higher loadings on the U.S. housing cycle carry higher average currency premia, compensating the U.S. investor for bearing the U.S. long-run consumption risk.

Keywords: housing, exchange rate, predictability

JEL Classification: F31, F37, G150, G17

Suggested Citation

Ma, Sai and Zhang, Shaojun, Housing Cycles and Exchange Rates (July 25, 2019). Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2019-03-014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3384816 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3384816

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