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Relationships among regional housing markets: Evidence on adjustments of housing burden

I-Chun Tsai

Economic Modelling, 2019, vol. 78, issue C, 309-318

Abstract: High regional house prices relative to income may result in residents moving to other regions with lower housing burden; this generates relationships among regional housing markets. From this perspective, this study employed Markov-switching models to examine housing affordability in 10 regional housing markets in the UK. The results show that levels of housing burden among regions are related, thereby proving that a high cost of housing burden in one region may result in residents buying houses in other regions. Moreover, this study found that house prices in most regions tend to converge with income levels but are asymmetric within the period of convergence. Specifically, because the period of high housing loans lasts longer, and vice versa, housing demand increases as soon as house prices drop. Thus, periods of “inexpensive” house prices do not last long. This paper explains why living costs in different regions are related, and proposes that housing demands may have asymmetric reactions when house prices are too high or too low.

Keywords: Housing affordability; Housing burden; Regional housing markets; Asymmetric housing demands (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R10 R31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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