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Equilibrium Effects of Superstition in the Housing Market

Chen, Jiawei and Shum, Matthew (2019) Equilibrium Effects of Superstition in the Housing Market. Japanese Economic Review, 70 (3). pp. 341-345. ISSN 1352-4739. doi:10.1111/jere.12236.

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We investigate the interaction of product quality differentiation and consumer preference heterogeneity in durable goods markets, focusing on the effects of secondary market liquidity and consumer heterogeneity on equilibrium prices. We build an infinite‐horizon dynamic model of the apartments housing market that captures the above features. Some apartments are considered lucky, and some consumers are superstitious. Lucky apartments are valued more highly than non‐lucky ones only by superstitious consumers. Results show that the difference between the lucky apartment price and the non‐lucky apartment price becomes smaller when the secondary market becomes less liquid and when consumers’ preference heterogeneity becomes more persistent as opposed to time‐varying.

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Additional Information:© 2019 Japanese Economic Association. Issue Online: 08 September 2019; Version of Record online: 18 August 2019; Manuscript accepted: 26 June 2019.
Issue or Number:3
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Official Citation:Chen, J. and Shum, M. (2019), Equilibrium Effects of Superstition in the Housing Market. Jpn Econ Rev, 70: 341-345. doi:10.1111/jere.12236
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:19 Aug 2019 21:32
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