Monetary policy and housing market cycles

Shiu Sheng Chen, Tzu Yu Lin, Jen Kuan Wang

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Using monthly data from 1978:M1 to 2019:M9, this paper provides empirical evidence concerning the role that monetary policy plays in the US housing market. We first show that shocks to short-run interest rates have significant impacts on house prices and that these effects are persistent. Our findings also provide evidence supporting the claim that too-low-for-too-long interest rates are responsible for the 2002-2006 US housing boom. We further investigate the different channels through which an easing monetary policy fuels the house price boom and find that faster sales and lower inventory levels in the housing market most amplify the policy effects. Lastly, we provide compelling evidence of the asymmetric effects of contractionary and expansionary monetary policies on house prices.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMacroeconomic Dynamics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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