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Title: Flattening the Curve: Pandemic-Induced Revaluation of Urban Real Estate

Author(s): Arpit Gupta, Vrinda Mittal, Jonas Peeters and Stijn van Nieuwerburgh

Publication Date: April 2021

Keyword(s): bid-rent function, COVID-19, land values and working from home

Programme Area(s): Financial Economics and Public Economics

Abstract: We show that the COVID-19 pandemic brought house price and rent declines in city centers, and price and rent increases away from the center, thereby flattening the bid-rent curve in most U.S. metropolitan areas. Across MSAs, the flattening of the bid-rent curve is larger when working from home is more prevalent, housing markets are more regulated, and supply is less elastic. Housing markets predict an urban revival with urban rent growth exceeding suburban rent growth for the foreseeable future, as working from home recedes.

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Gupta, A, Mittal, V, Peeters, J and van Nieuwerburgh, S. 2021. 'Flattening the Curve: Pandemic-Induced Revaluation of Urban Real Estate'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.