Ass. Prof. Luis Quintero Ph.D. // Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USATo the profile
Fewer Players, Fewer HomesResearch Seminars
Local homebuilding markets have become highly concentrated in the past decade. The authors of the presented paper document this increase in concentration and use IV regressions to show that it has led to lower production volume, fewer units in the production pipeline, and greater unit price volatility. These results are consistent with a theoretical model in which oligopolistic firms strategically set the timing, volume, and price of their new construction. Their estimates imply that market concentration has decreased the annual value of housing production nationwide by $106 billion. These findings provide further evidence that the secular decline in competitive intensity is altering macroeconomic dynamics.