This paper investigates the impact of housing demand on the composition of the optimal portfolios of homeowners in France, following the methodology developed by Flavin and Yamashita (NBER Working Paper 6389, 2002). We use historical data on housing prices and financial assets returns to estimate the mean return and covariance matrix of a set of assets including housing. We then calculate mean-variance efficient frontiers associated to various levels of the housing-to-net wealth ratio, corresponding to the average ratios observed for different age groups in the 1998 French Wealth Survey sample. Our numerical results fit the average portfolios in different age brackets quite well. Also, returns of housing and its covariance with the other assets indicate there is room in France for housing price derivatives.
The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 13, 2004
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