Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/124932
Authors: 
Hintermaier, Thomas
Koeniger, Winfried
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9409
Abstract: 
We show that the size of collateralized household debt determines an economy's vulnerability to crises of confidence. The house price feeds back on itself by contributing to a liquidity effect, which operates through the value of housing in a collateral constraint. Over a specific range of debt levels this liquidity feedback effect is strong enough to give rise to multiplicity of house prices. In a dynamic setup, we conceptualize confidence as a realization of rationally entertainable belief-weightings of multiple future prices. This delivers debt-level-dependent bounds on the extent to which confidence may drive house prices and aggregate consumption.
Subjects: 
household debt
consumer confidence
collateral constraints
multiple equilibria
JEL: 
E21
E32
D91
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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