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Effects of a Mortgage Interest Rate Subsidy: Evidence from Colombia
Abstract
Government intervention in the construction sector as a way to boost the economy has been a constant in Colombia for the past 90 years. This paper explicitly tests the impact of the most recent of such interventions: a subsidy to the mortgage interest rate. Our results show that the subsidy boosted mortgage loans by around 38 percent. However, we also find that real interest rates went up by 1.09 percent, i.e., there has been an incomplete pass through of the subsidy to the consumer. We estimate the pass-through of such intervention to be in the range of 65 percent to 74 percent.

Autores:
Hofstetter, Marc; Tovar, Jorge; Urrutia, Miguel
Palabras clave:
history of mortgage loans in Colombia., mortgage interest rate subsidy, Mortgage loans
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Año:
2011
Mes:
Mayo
Número:
20