Is There a Link Between Money Illusion and Homeowners’ Expectations of Housing Prices?
Version of Record online: 1 MAR 2011
© 2011 American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association
Real Estate Economics
Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 251–275, Summer 2011
How to Cite
Ackert, L. F., Church, B. K. and Jayaraman, N. (2011), Is There a Link Between Money Illusion and Homeowners’ Expectations of Housing Prices?. Real Estate Economics, 39: 251–275. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6229.2010.00295.x
- Issue online: 25 MAY 2011
- Version of Record online: 1 MAR 2011
Money illusion is a behavioral bias in which a person thinks in terms of nominal rather than real values. This article reports homeowners’ responses to a survey designed to measure the extent of money illusion as well as homeowners’ expectations regarding home valuations. Our survey respondents suffer from money illusion, yet they have reasonable expectations of home prices. Our analysis did not identify any unique individual characteristic that correlates with homeowners’ choices and suggests that the relationship between money illusion and mispricing is subtle and multifaceted.