CSH Webtalk by András Borsos: “A high resolution agent-based model of the Hungarian housing market”

Apr 01, 2022 | 15:0016:00

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This talk will be presented by András Borsos (CSH & Central Bank of Hungary) on Friday, April 1st, 3pm via Zoom.


Please send an email to office@csh.ac.at if you would like to attend.


Title: “A High Resolution Agent-based Model of the Hungarian Housing Market”




This research project presents a complex, modular, 1:1 scale model of the Hungarian residential housing market. All the 4 million households and their relevant characteristics are represented  based on empirical micro-level data coming from the Central Credit Information System, the Pension Payment database and transaction data of property sales collected by the National Tax and Customs Administration and the largest real estate agencies.


The model features transactions in the housing and rental markets, a construction sector, buy-to-let investors, housing loans, house price dynamics and a procyclical banking sector regulated by a macroprudential authority. The flats in the model are characterized with detailed attributes regarding their size, state and neighbourhood quality.


Households choose the flat with the highest consumer surplus according to standard utility maximization theory. Additionally, we have also implemented demographic trends, including childbearing, marriage and inheritance. This way the model is suitable for analysing various types of macropudential, fiscal and monetary policies as well as for the assessment of exogenous shock scenarios.


Initiating the model simulation from 2018, it managed to reproduce the number of transactions and the observed house price dynamics in most of the regions of Hungary for 2018-2019, while the volume of new housing loans and their distribution regarding income deciles and loan-to-value ratios were also in compliance with the empirical data.




Apr 01, 2022