Globalization and financial development: a model of the Dot-Com and the Housing Bubbles Articles uri icon



publication date

  • January 2014

start page

  • 78

end page

  • 94


  • 1


  • 92

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1996

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-0353


  • In the last decade the United States experienced the burst of the Dot-Corn and the Housing Bubbles. I develop a model to study the relationship between globalization and the emergence of rational bubbles. I also analyze how the effect of globalization on house prices depends on the type of bubble. I show that bubbles cannot arise in a financially developed country in autarky. In contrast, as globalization progresses, bubbles are more likely to appear in the financially developed country. I also show that house prices increase with globalization only when the bubble is attached to houses. This prediction is consistent with empirical evidence for U.S. metropolitan areas. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


  • financial development; globalization; rational bubbles; housing supply elasticity; overlapping generations; global imbalances; economic-growth; debt; liquidity; exchange; market