Re-examining the decline in the US saving rate : the impact of mortgage equity withdrawal

Caporale, Guglielmo Maria and Costantini, Mauro and Paradiso, Antonio (2012) Re-examining the decline in the US saving rate : the impact of mortgage equity withdrawal. Centre for EMEA Banking, Finance and Economics Working Paper Series, 2012 (36). pp. 1-27.

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Abstract

In this paper we examine the role of mortgage equity withdrawal in explaining the decline of the US saving rate, since when house prices rise and mortgage rates are low, homeowners have an incentive to withdraw housing equity and this may affect the saving rate. We estimate a Vector Error Correction (VEC) model including the saving rate, asset prices, equity withdrawal and interest rates and find that indeed mortgage equity withdrawal is a key determinant of the observed saving pattern.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Centre for EMEA Banking, Finance and Economics Working Paper Series; saving rate; mortgage equity withdrawal; asset prices; mortgage rates; Vector Error Correction; VEC; impulse response analysis
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2015 10:25
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2015 08:37
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/395

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