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Modelling the Demand for Housing over the Lifecycle

Orazio Attanasio (), Renata Bottazzi, Hamish Low (), Lars Nesheim and Matthew Wakefield

Review of Economic Dynamics, 2012, vol. 15, issue 1, 1-18

Abstract: This paper models individual demand for housing over the life-cycle, and shows the implications of this behaviour for aggregate demand. Individuals delay purchasing their first home when incomes are low or uncertain. This delay is exacerbated by downpayment constraints. Higher house prices lead households to downsize, rather than to stop being home-owners. In aggregate, positive house price shocks lead to consumption booms among the old and a fall in aggregate demand for housing, whereas positive income shocks lead to consumption booms among the young and a rise in aggregate demand for housing. (Copyright: Elsevier)

Keywords: Housing; Uncertainty; Credit constraints (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D91 G11 R21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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