Working Paper No. 798

Mental Accounting in the Housing Market

Published: June 4, 2009Pages: 44Keywords: Household Finance; Mental Accounting; Co-op; Capital StructureJEL-codes: D12; G14; G21; G32

Mental Accounting in the Housing Market Johan Almenberg and Artashes Karapetyan


We use a survey to identify a consumer bias with regard to different sources of debt-financing. Less salient debt may generate psychological benefits. This should be weighed against the possible economic costs of a sub-optimal capital structure; but low levels of financial literacy make it unlikely that all households perceive the full economic costs. As a result there is a bias in favour of less salient debt. In a market with limited scope for arbitrage this consumer bias is likely to generate inefficiencies. We examine such a market in both theory and practice. The predictions of our model are given strong support by market data.
 

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