Did High Gas Prices Fuel the Housing Crisis?

Posted by Bonnie Martin Designated Broker on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 8:37pm.

realtormag.realtor.org - "High gasoline prices provided the trigger that burst the [housing] bubble,” says JunJie Wu, an Oregon State economist and one of the authors of a new study that blames high gas prices as the main culprit for the housing crisis that started in 2007. 

“The theory recognizes the role of subprime mortgages and lax lending practices as inflating the housing bubble,” Wu says, but adds that a spike in gas prices was the “trigger.” 

The new study, conducted by economists at University of California, Berkeley, and Oregon State University, attempts to pinpoint the cause of the housing crisis. The researchers say that while the housing market is blamed on initiating the 2007 financial crisis, researchers have found little consensus on what actually caused the housing crisis in the first place.

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