DP15409 Location, Location, Location: Manufacturing and House Price Growth
|Author(s):||Nir Jaimovich, Stephen Terry, Nicolas Vincent|
|Publication Date:||October 2020|
|Keyword(s):||House Prices, housing inequality, Manufacturing decline|
|Programme Areas:||Monetary Economics and Fluctuations, Macroeconomics and Growth|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=15409|
Exploiting data on tens of millions of housing transactions, we show that (1) house prices grew by less in manufacturing-heavy US regions and (2) that this pattern is especially present for the lowest-value homes. Counterfactual accounting exercises reveal that regional differences in the growth of these lowest-value homes more than fully account for an observed increase in overall house price inequality. We conclude that the relative economic decline of manufacturing- heavy areas extends far beyond income and employment flows to include shifts in important local asset prices, a pattern which matters for total house price inequality.