To Securitize or To Price Credit Risk?
Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis,
Do lenders securitize or price loans in response to credit risk? Exploiting exogenous variation in regional credit risk due to foreclosure law differences along US state borders, we find that lenders securitize mortgages that are eligible for sale to the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) rather than price regional credit risk. For non-GSE-eligible mortgages with no GSE buyback provision, lenders increase interest rates as they are unable to shift credit risk to loan purchasers. The results inform the debate surrounding the GSEs' buyback provisions, the constant interest rate policy, and show that underpricing regional credit risk increases the GSEs' debt holdings.
Datenbedarfe für ein Monitoring des Förderprozesses der Kapitel-1-Maßnahmen des Investitionsgesetzes Kohleregion (InvKG). Handbuch B
IWH Technical Reports,
Die vorliegende Expertise verfolgte das Ziel, Datenbedarfe für die Evaluierung der Kapitel-1-Maßnahmen des InvKG abzuleiten. Die Evaluierung und die daraus entstehenden Datenbedarfe müssen sich in ein theoretisches Modell der ökonomischen Literatur zur Wirkung von Politikmaßnahmen einordnen lassen. Bei den Kapitel-1-Maßnahmen handelt es sich im weitesten Sinne um Investitionen in wirtschaftsnahe Infrastrukturen. Charakteristisch für Infrastrukturen ist, dass sie durch mittlere Zeiträume der Planung und Errichtung auf der einen sowie lange Nutzungszeiträume auf der anderen Seite gekennzeichnet sind. Hinzu kommt, dass die Phasen der Planung/Errichtung und der Nutzung Aspekte von Marktmängeln berühren. In der Praxis unterliegt dieser Bereich daher einer umfassenden staatlichen Regulierung.
14.03.2023 • 7/2023
Gas storages full – economic outlook less gloomy
The severe slump in the German economy expected last fall has not materialised because gas supply stabilises. However, due to high inflation, higher real interest rates and declining real incomes, the economy is likely to remain weak. In its spring forecast, the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) expects production to grow by just 0.4% in 2023, and inflation to remain high at 5.8%.
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Evidence-based Support for Adaptation Policies in Emerging Economies
Low Carbon Economy,
Climate change is increasingly evident, and the design of effective climate adaptation policies is important for regional and sectoral economic growth. We propose different modelling approaches to quantify the socio-economic impacts of climate change on three vulnerable countries (Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Vietnam) and design specific adaptations. We use a Dynamic General Equilibrium (DGE) model for Vietnam and an economy-energy-emission (E3) model for the other two countries. Our simulations until 2050 show that selected adaptation measures, in particular in the agricultural sector, have positive implications for GDP. However, some adaptation measures can even increase greenhouse gas emissions. Focusing on GDP alone can lead to welfare-reducing policy decisions.
30.11.2022 • 28/2022
Stricter rules for banks can relieve real estate markets
Exuberant price levels in the German real estate market could further exacerbate an economic crisis. Fiscal instruments exert too little influence to contain this danger, shows a study by the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).
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European Real Estate Markets During the Pandemic: Is COVID-19 also a Case for House Price Concerns?
IWH Policy Notes,
We use a new database on European real estate purchase and rental prices – the IWH European Real Estate Index – to document the relationship between staggered COVID-19 dynamics and real estate prices in 14 EU countries between January 2020 and December 2021. For most countries, we find no statistically significant response of monthly purchase and rental prices due to an increase of regional COVID-19 cases. For the UK we find that more COVID-19 cases depressed both purchase and rental prices significantly, but the economic magnitude of effects was mild during this sample period. In contrast, rents in Italy increased in response to hiking COVID-19 cases, illustrating the importance to consider heterogeneous crisis patterns across the EU when designing policies. Overall, COVID-19 dynamics did not affect real estate values significantly during the pandemic, thereby mitigating potential financial stability concerns via a mortgage lending channel at the time.