Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147490
Authors: 
Gröbel, Sören
Ihle, Dorothee
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CAWM Discussion Paper, Centrum für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung Münster 90
Abstract: 
Housing property is the most important position in a household's wealth portfolio. Even though there is strong evidence that house price cycles and saving patterns behave synchronously, the underlying causes remain controversial. The present paper examines if there is a wealth effect of house prices on savings using household-level longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel for the period 1996-2012. We find that young renters increase and young homeowners decrease their savings in response to unanticipated house price shocks, whereas old households only hardly respond to house price changes. We interpret this as evidence of a housing wealth effect.
Subjects: 
housing wealth
saving behavior
SOEP
Germany
JEL: 
D91
E21
R31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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