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Housing Market in Israel: Is there a Bubble?

Philip Arestis

Panoeconomicus, 2017, vol. 64, issue 1, 1-16

Abstract: House prices in Israel have registered unprecedented growth rates in the last few years. At first glance, these hikes could be explained by the evolution of fundamentals such strong population growth and favourable macroeconomic conditions, i.e. low interest rates. However, further investigation is needed in order to explore whether there is a misalignment between house prices and their fundamentals. Firstly, this paper investigates the role of construction costs in the evolution of house prices. Secondly, this contribution decomposes the “price-to-rent” ratio into fundamentals, frictions and bubble episodes for a better understanding of the recent trends of the market.

Keywords: House prices; Housing bubble; Cointegration; Israel (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C22 R31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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