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The effect of foreign investors on local housing markets: evidence from the UK

Sa, Filipa (2016) The effect of foreign investors on local housing markets: evidence from the UK. CFM discussion paper series (CFM-DP2016-39). Centre For Macroeconomics, London, UK.

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I use newly-released administrative data on properties owned by overseas companies to study the effect of foreign investment on the housing market in England and Wales. To estimate the causal e§ect, I construct an instrument for foreign investment based on economic shocks abroad. Foreign investment is found to have a positive e§ect on house price growth. This e§ect is present at di§erent percentiles of the distribution of house prices and is stronger in local authorities where housing supply is less elastic. Foreign investment is also found to reduce the rate of home ownership. There is no evidence of an e§ect on the housing stock or the share of vacant homes

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Macroeconomics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F21 - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R21 - Housing Demand
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 11:31
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:10

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