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Title: Land Prices, Credit Frictions, and Macroeconomic Policy
Authors: Sastry, Karthik
Advisors: Sims, Christopher
Department: Economics
Class Year: 2016
Abstract: This paper constructs and estimates a New Keynesian macroeconomic model in which land is a collateral asset for all rms and some households. Exogenous shocks to households' land demand are the primary driver of land price uctuations which, ampli ed and propagated through a \ nancial accelerator," drive a signi cant portion of business cycle dynamics. Adding adaptive learning about technology shocks is strongly favored by the data and helps explain co-movements in land prices, borrowing, and consumption. Monetary policy, operating through income and wealth as well as substitution e ects, results in short-term contractions but longterm expansions of household and rm borrowing. Macroprudential policy, given weak propagation of dynamic collateral constraint shocks to the macroeconomy, is considerably less impactful. The model provides a platform on which to build further analysis of the housing, credit, labor, and goods markets in aggregate general equilibrium and conduct relevant policy counterfactual analysis.
Extent: 87 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Economics, 1927-2016

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