Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

6-2004

Abstract

Using data from Singapore, we find no evidence that house price increases have produced either wealth or collateral enhancement effects on aggregate consumption. We confirm the presence of liquidity constraints from the asymmetric reaction of consumption to income increases vis-a-vis income declines. When we allow for asymmetric response, anticipated house price increases do not have a positive effect on aggregate consumption: we find that they are considerably more likely to have a modest dampening effect, although this negative result is not statistically significant from zero. Declines in expected house price growth have a larger and marginally significant negative effect on consumption. We conclude that the results of recent studies of OECD countries, which find changes in housing wealth to be positively associated with changes in aggregate consumption, cannot be generalized to the Singapore case.

Keywords

housing prices, consumption, life-cycle/permanent income hypotheses, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Public Economics | Real Estate

Research Areas

Applied Microeconomics

Publication

Journal of Housing Economics

Volume

13

Issue

2

First Page

101

Last Page

119

ISSN

1051-1377

Identifier

10.1016/j.jhe.2004.04.003

Publisher

Elsevier

Copyright Owner and License

Author

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhe.2004.04.003

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