Housing Formation and Unemployment Rates: Evidence from 1975–2011

Housing Formation and Unemployment Rates: Evidence from 1975–2011 This paper investigates the impact of shocks in the unemployment rate on household formation. Prior research has shown that negative economic shocks reduce household formation, but does not inform how long the declines in household formation will persist. Using time series data from 1975 to 2011, we examine how households respond to unemployment rate shocks and estimate the length of time it takes for households to return to its original level in a vector autoregressive model. The results demonstrate that household formation falls in the quarter after unemployment increases, and that it can take up to 10 quarters to return its previous level. While this is a substantial length of time, one implication of these results is that even a permanent increase in the unemployment rate will not permanently affect housing formation in the long run. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics Springer Journals

Housing Formation and Unemployment Rates: Evidence from 1975–2011

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Economics / Management Science; Regional/Spatial Science; Finance/Investment/Banking
ISSN
0895-5638
eISSN
1573-045X
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11146-014-9487-7
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Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of shocks in the unemployment rate on household formation. Prior research has shown that negative economic shocks reduce household formation, but does not inform how long the declines in household formation will persist. Using time series data from 1975 to 2011, we examine how households respond to unemployment rate shocks and estimate the length of time it takes for households to return to its original level in a vector autoregressive model. The results demonstrate that household formation falls in the quarter after unemployment increases, and that it can take up to 10 quarters to return its previous level. While this is a substantial length of time, one implication of these results is that even a permanent increase in the unemployment rate will not permanently affect housing formation in the long run.

Journal

The Journal of Real Estate Finance and EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 11, 2014

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