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Housing Demand, Cost-of-Living Inequality, and the Affordability Crisis

David Albouy (), Gabriel Ehrlich and Yingyi Liu

No 22816, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Since 1970, housing's relative price, share of expenditure, and ``unaffordability'' have all grown. We estimate housing demand using a novel compensated framework over space and an uncompensated framework over time. Our specifications pass tests imposed by rationality and household mobility. Housing demand is income and price inelastic, and appears to fall with household size. We provide a numerical non-homothetic constant elasticity of substitution utility function for improved quantitative modeling. An ideal cost-of-living index demonstrates that the poor have been disproportionately impacted by rising relative rents, which have greatly amplified increases in real income inequality.

JEL-codes: D12 E31 R21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-11
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