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Financial market and housing wealth effects on consumption: a permanent income approach

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Abstract:

The objective of this study is to examine the financial market and housing wealth effects on consumption. Housing has the dual functions as both a commodity yielding a flow of housing services and an investment asset yielding a flow of capital income. With the construction of an empirical framework based on the vector autoregression approach, the findings from this study suggest that a rise in housing price has both a positive wealth effect and a negative price effect on consumption. While the positive wealth effect is caused by an increase in capital income, the negative price effect is caused by an increase in the cost of housing services. In addition, the housing market wealth effect increases, at the expense of the price effect, with the level of housing-market leverage. These findings imply that the government policy of land supply aiming to stimulate the economy should strike a balance between the possible wealth and price effects of the housing market.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840600994021

Affiliations: School of Accounting and Finance, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong SAR,

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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