COVID-19, Political Orientation and Residential Real Estate Prices
21 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2020
Date Written: September 30, 2020
This paper investigates whether political orientation influences residential real estate prices and returns during COVID-19 pandemic. Using county level housing data from January to June 2020, we document that Democratic counties, politically aligned counties, counties with higher prosocial scores and greater liberal news viewership experience a significant decline in house prices and returns in response to COVID-19 cases and deaths. Overall, our findings suggest that political orientation is an important dimension that affect asset prices.
Keywords: COVID-19, Real Estate, Asset Pricing
JEL Classification: G4, G12, R10
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