The Formation of Subjective House Price Expectations

Relatore: Melanie Luhrmann (Royal Holloway, University of London )

  • Data: 14 marzo 2024 dalle 16:00 alle 17:00

  • Luogo: Aula III - Via Belle Arti, 41

Subjective house price expectations drive individual housing choices and market dynamics. We study the formation of subjective expectations about local house prices using novel survey data from Britain, a country with high homeownership rates and widely varying local housing dynamics. There is a substantial and heterogeneous perception gap and individuals extrapolate strongly from perceived but not from realized past price changes. In addition, expectations are predicted by wider, easily observable measures of local economic conditions, especially among individuals with low financial sophistication. Individuals residing in local housing markets where past prices are less informative or less observable rely more strongly on local economic conditions in their belief formation. Our results emphasize the role of heterogeneity in expectations formation processes, and their underlying information set. Joint work with Sarah Kiesl-Reiter (ifo Institute), Jonathan Shaw (FCA and IFS), Joachim Winter (University of Munich)

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