HKS Affiliated Authors

Additional Authors:

  • Joshua Gottlieb


Can Cheap Credit Explain the Housing Boom? Edward Glaeser, Joshua Gottlieb, July 2010, Paper. "Between 1996 and 2006, real housing prices rose by 53 percent according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency price index. One explanation of this boom is that it was caused by easy credit in the form of low real interest rates, high loan-to-value levels and permissive mortgage approvals. We revisit the standard user cost model of housing prices and conclude that the predicted impact of interest rates on prices is much lower once the model is generalized to include mean-reverting interest rates, mobility, prepayment, elastic..." Link