Getting at Systemic Risk via an Agent-Based Model of the Housing Market
J. Farmer (),
Peter Howitt (),
Nathan M. Palmer and
American Economic Review, 2012, vol. 102, issue 3, 53-58
Systemic risk must include the housing market, though economists have not generally focused on it. We begin construction of an agent-based model of the housing market with individual data from Washington, DC. Twenty years of success with agent-based models of mortgage prepayments give us hope that such a model could be useful. Preliminary analysis suggests that the housing boom and bust of 1997-2007 was due in large part to changes in leverage rather than interest rates.
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