Homeownership, informality and the transmission of monetary policy

C. Elgin, Burak Uras

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Abstract

Cross-country aggregate data exhibits a strong (positive) relationship between the size of the informal employment and aggregate homeownership rates. We investigate this empirical observation using a cash-in-advance model with housing markets and argue that the rate of inflation is important in explaining the nexus between informality and homeownership rates. Specifically, we uncover a novel monetary transmission mechanism and show that households with informal employment desire to economize on their short-term cash usage and avoid periodic rental payments when (i) informality is associated with constrained business investment finance, and (ii) inflation expectations are high. Our empirical and theoretical findings highlight an important interaction between the conduct of monetary policy and the performance of housing markets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-168
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Volume49
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

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Home ownership
Informality
Monetary policy
Housing market
Informal employment
Finance
Business investment
Payment
Inflation expectations
Household
Cash
Inflation
Cash-in-advance model
Monetary transmission mechanism
Aggregate data
Interaction

Keywords

  • Cash-in-advance
  • Informality
  • Cross-country data
  • Monetary transmission

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Homeownership, informality and the transmission of monetary policy. / Elgin, C.; Uras, Burak.

In: Journal of Banking and Finance, Vol. 49, 12.2014, p. 160-168.

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