Real Estate Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

5-2010

Publication Source

The Review of Economics and Statistics

Volume

92

Issue

2

Start Page

408

Last Page

424

DOI

10.1162/rest.2010.11380

Abstract

Consumption commitments—goods like housing for which adjustment is costly—change the relationship between risk and consumption. Commitment provides a motive to reduce consumption when possible future losses are too small to warrant adjustment but not when losses are large enough that adjustment would be worthwhile. This implies conditions under which mean-preserving increases in risk can increase housing consumption. Our empirical evidence exploits the interaction of these conditions with a novel proxy for unemployment risk: couples sharing an occupation. Consistent with our model, same-occupation couples consume more housing only when adjustment costs are high and potential losses are sufficiently large.

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© 2010 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.