Mortgage Debt , Consumption , and Illiquid Housing Markets in the Great Recession

@inproceedings{Garriga2016MortgageD,
  title={Mortgage Debt , Consumption , and Illiquid Housing Markets in the Great Recession},
  author={Carlos Garriga and Aaron Hedlund},
  year={2016}
}
Using a model with housing search, endogenous credit constraints, and mortgage default, this paper accounts for the housing crash from 2006 to 2011 and its implications for aggregate and cross-sectional consumption during the Great Recession. Left tail shocks to labor market uncertainty and tighter downpayment requirements emerge as the key drivers. An endogenous decline in housing liquidity amplifies the recession by increasing foreclosures, contracting credit, and depressing consumption… CONTINUE READING

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