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House prices, the supply of collateral and the enterprise economy

de Meza, David, Black, J and Jeffreys, D (1996) House prices, the supply of collateral and the enterprise economy. The Economic Journal, 106 (434). pp. 60-75. ISSN 0013-0133

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This paper investigated the extent to which the supply of collateral affects business formation in the UK. Bank loans are typically secured on the entrepreneur’s house. Using a variety of data and formulations, evidence is found that a 10% rise in the value of unreleased net housing equity increased the number of new VAT registrations by some 5%. Since we find that businesses formed in response to increases in the value of housing assets seem to be of at least average quality as measured by survival chances, there appears to be a large pool of untapped entrepreneurial talent.

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Additional Information: © 1996 Royal Economic Society
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 13:15
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 00:45

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