The impact of monetary policy on housing affordability in Malaysia

The impact of monetary policy on housing affordability in Malaysia. Journal of the Malaysian Institute of Planners, 20 (1). pp. 112-124. ISSN 1675-6215 (2022)


Housing affordability is a global concern, especially among researchers and policymakers around the world in both developed and developing countries. In Malaysia, it has been a decade since the median multiple house price reaching more than a tripled median household income threshold in term of housing affordability. This indicates that housing in Malaysia is seriously unaffordable. In general, this study was conducted to examine the impact of monetary policy on housing affordability in Malaysia. This study focuses on investigating both short and long-run relationships between money supply and interest rate on housing affordability. To achieve this goal, Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) estimation techniques were employed on a quarterly data from the first quarter of 2008 until the first quarter of 2021. The findings showed the existence of long-run cointegration between all indicators except for the interest rate. In addition, money supply, interest rate, and employment were found to be significant in the short run. In the matter of policy implication, it is best for policymakers to focus on regulating money supply rather than controlling interest rate in promoting housing affordability.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Housing affordability, Monetary policy, Money supply, Interest rate
Taxonomy: By Subject > Architecture, Planning & Surveying > Estate Management
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Architecture, Planning & Surveying
Depositing User: Nurhayati Johari
Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 09:08
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 09:08
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