Credit Supply and Housing Speculation

67 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2018 Last revised: 30 Apr 2021

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Atif R. Mian

Princeton University - Department of Economics; Princeton University - Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; NBER

Amir Sufi

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; NBER

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Date Written: July 2018

Abstract

Speculation is a critical channel through which credit supply expansion affects the housing cycle. The surge in private label mortgage securitization in 2003 fueled a large expansion in mortgage credit supply by lenders financed with non-core deposits. Areas more exposed to these lenders experienced a large relative rise in transaction volume driven by a small group of speculators, and these areas simultaneously witnessed an amplified housing boom and bust. Consistent with the importance of belief heterogeneity, house price growth expectations of marginal buyers rose during the boom, while housing market pessimism among the general population increased.

Suggested Citation

Mian, Atif R. and Sufi, Amir, Credit Supply and Housing Speculation (July 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24823, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3214369

Atif R. Mian (Contact Author)

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Amir Sufi

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