Housing and Monetary Policy

Interesting academic work on Housing Prices, Monetary Policy, and Subprime issues from Stanford’s John B. Taylor.  Incidentally, if you recognize the name Taylor — as in Taylor rule — they are one and the same  person.

Here’s the abstract:

Housing and Monetary Policy   

Since the mid-1980s, monetary policy
has contributed to a great moderation of the housing cycle by
responding more proactively to inflation and thereby reducing the boom
bust cycle. However, during the period from 2002 to 2005, the short
term interest rate path deviated significantly from what this two
decade experience would suggest is appropriate. A counter-factual
simulation with a simple model of the housing market shows that this
deviation may have been a cause of the boom and bust in housing starts
and inflation in the last two years. Moreover, a significant time
series correlation between housing price inflation and delinquency
rates suggests that the poor credit assessments on subprime mortgages
may also have been caused by this deviation.

That’s the academic overview. I found Taylor’s charts to be quite revealing:



For those of you who want to get into the details, Taylor’s academic paper (10 pages) is rather readable for an academic work.

Housing and Monetary Policy
John B. Taylor
Stanford University, September 2007

Housing and Monetary Policy
John B. Taylor
NBER Working Paper No. 13682
December 2007
JEL No. E22,E43,E52

John B. Taylor Home Page
Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University
Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution

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Jack Johnson: Sleep Through The Static

Sleep_through_the_staticWe’ve mentioned Jack Johnson many times over the years.

I was surprised this week, when not one, but 4 copies of Sleep Through The Static arrived in the mail from Amazon.com (AMZN).

I thought it was an ordering glitch, but actually, its a bit of a flaw in their wish lift system. I ordered a copy for myself, and several of you sent it as a holiday present. But because the CD wasn’t released until last week, I never removed it from the wish list.

You would figure that Amazon would/should pull a wish list item once its been ordered and sent to the wish list holder’s address.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to listening to this — thank you for the gift(s)!

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