Housing Cycle and Exchange Rates
Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2019-14
81 Pages Posted: 9 May 2019
Date Written: May 6, 2019
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 predict lower prices of housing services and nontradables relative to that of tradables, as well as higher output growth and macroeconomic volatility. An analytical model 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
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