Journal of Economics and Finance

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 136–152 | Cite as

A time series test to identify housing bubbles

  • Diego Escobari
  • Damian S. Damianov
  • Andres Bello


In this paper we propose a new time series empirical test to identify housing bubble periods. Our test estimates the beginning and the burst of bubbles as structural breaks in the difference between the appreciation rates of the Case-Shiller price tiers. We identify the relevant periods by exploiting the common characteristic that lower-tier house prices tend to rise faster during the boom and fall more precipitously during the bust. We implement our test on 15 U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas during the most recent housing bubble.


Housing bubbles Price tiers Time series 

JEL Classification

R31 D11 D12 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diego Escobari
    • 1
  • Damian S. Damianov
    • 1
  • Andres Bello
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economics and FinanceUniversity of Texas – Pan AmericanEdinburgUSA

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