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Title: House prices, wealth effects, and the Singapore macroeconomy
Authors: Edelstein, R.H.
Lum, S.K. 
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: Edelstein, R.H., Lum, S.K. (2004). House prices, wealth effects, and the Singapore macroeconomy. Journal of Housing Economics 13 (4 SPEC.ISS.) : 342-367. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper examines the effect housing wealth has upon aggregate consumption in Singapore. While past research has focused only on changes in private housing wealth, the residential market in Singapore is dominated by the public housing sector. The massive public housing segment can generate potentially different wealth effects from standard private housing markets given the former's unique institutional features. In particular, public housing owners who sell their units at market rates can repurchase a public flat at subsidized prices whereas private homeowners typically cannot. We estimate the link between consumption expenditure and both private and public housing wealth using a VARX approach for the Q1:1990-Q4:2002 period. We find that changes in private house prices have no significant effect on aggregate consumption. In contrast, public housing wealth effects are larger and more persistent. © 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Housing Economics
ISSN: 10511377
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhe.2004.09.006
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