Fat-tails and house prices in OECD countries

Victor Pontines

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    Abstract

    It is a well-known stylized fact that the distributions of financial asset returns are non-normal and fat-tailed. In this study, we explore whether this stylized fact also applies to the log changes in house prices. Using house price indices data for 16 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries, we find that there is an apparent tail-fatness in the empirical distribution of log changes in house prices. Furthermore, the Student's t provides an adequate fit for almost all the house price indices under consideration.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1373-1377
    Number of pages5
    JournalApplied Economics Letters
    Volume17
    Issue number14
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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