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Housing Markets in a Time of Crisis: A Historical Perspective

Price Fishback (), Jonathan D. Rose and Kenneth Snowden ()

Chicago Fed Letter, 2020, issue 433

Abstract: As the coronavirus (Covid-19) public health crisis unfolds, a second crisis in the economy is developing as well. One economic concern, among many, is the debt burden of households. Early reports point to a surge in unemployment claims during March 2020, raising the prospect that widespread unemployment is likely to impair the ability of households to make payments on their home mortgages and other loans in the months ahead. This represents a potential crisis in mortgage markets, as borrowers who are temporarily unemployed—but for an unknown period—may face default on their mortgages.

Keywords: Mortgage loans; Covid-19; Unemployment; Housing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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