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Uncertainty and Predictability of Real Housing Returns in the United Kingdom: A Regional Analysis

Afees Salisu (), Rangan Gupta (), Ahamuefula Ogbonna () and Mark Wohar ()

No 202102, Working Papers from University of Pretoria, Department of Economics

Abstract: The predictability of uncertainty for real housing returns in the United Kingdom is examined using regional data covering twelve (12) regions namely East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber. We utilize both housing policy uncertainty (HPU) and economic policy uncertainty (EPU) data while we render analyses for three data samples - full sample and two sub-samples covering the periods before and after the emergence of global financial crisis (GFC). Relying on a predictive model that accounts for the salient characteristics of the data, we find a negative relationship between HPU and real housing returns, on the average, regardless of the region analysed. Also, the model that accounts for HPU outperforms the benchmark model that ignores it while controlling for relevant covariates further improves the forecast performance. Additional analyses involving the EPU measure depict lower predictive contents for house price movements relative to the HPU measure and therefore using sector-specific uncertainty measure is crucial for more precise forecasts of real housing returns.

Keywords: Real Housing Returns; Economic Policy Uncertainty; United Kingdom; Predictability; Forecast Evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C32 C53 R31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2021-01
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