Financial Frictions, the Housing Market, and Unemployment
William Branch (),
Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau and
Guillaume Rocheteau ()
No 2014-26, Working Paper Series from Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
We develop a two-sector search-matching model of the labor market with imperfect mobility of workers, augmented to incorporate a housing market and a frictional goods market. Homeowners use home equity as collateral to finance idiosyncratic consumption opportunities. A financial innovation that raises the acceptability of homes as collateral raises house prices and reduces unemployment. It also triggers a reallocation of workers, with the direction of the change depending on firms? market power in the goods market. A calibrated version of the model under adaptive learning can account for house prices, sectoral labor flows, and unemployment rate changes over 1996-2010.
Keywords: liquidity; limited commitment; credit; unemployment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D83 E50 D82 E40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2014-11, Revised 2014-11
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