Chandler Lutz

Chandler Lutz is a financial economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA). He also is a research fellow at the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. His research employs econometric, statistical, and machine learning methods in the study of housing markets, labor economics, and monetary policy.

Chandler’s research has been published in the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Urban Economics, among other outlets. In recent work, he has developed new datasets that measure the amount of land unavailable for housing construction across the United States and causally assessed the impact of interest rate declines on distressed borrowers. Chandler’s policy work at the SEC spans housing markets as well as financial risk and macroeconomic analysis.

Working Papers

Mortgage Innovation and House Price Booms

Working Paper. 2023. Citation

  • Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Urban Economics
  • Key Highlight: The Danish introduction of IO mortgages ignited a housing boom: due to their introduction, house prices increased 36 percent. In line with IO loans fueling house price appreciation by lowering debt-service payments, results show higher IO loan uptake and house price growth in areas with greater ex-ante benefits of such mortgages.

Highly Disaggregated Land Unavailability

Working Paper. 2023. Citation


The Impact of Crisis-Period Interest Rate Declines on Distressed Borrowers

Review of Financial Studies. 2023. Citation

  • Key Highlight: Distressed borrowers treated with larger benchmark interest rate declines benefit from increased debt-renegotiation and lower debt-service payments. However, following debt-renegotiation, surviving treated borrowers re-enter and linger in serious delinquency. Findings suggest that while monetary policy may effect reductions in benchmark rates and spur debt-renegotiation, such interventions alone may not lead to longer-run curative outcomes.

The Effects of a Targeted Financial Constraint on the Housing Market

Review of Financial Studies. 2021. Citation

  • Key Highlight: This paper studies how financial constraints affect the housing market by exploiting a regulatory change that increases the down payment requirement for homes selling for 1M dollars or more. Result shows that the policy causes excess bunching of homes listed at $1M and heightened bidding intensity for these homes, but a muted response in sales.

A Crisis of Missed Opportunities? Foreclosure Costs and Mortgage Modification During the Great Recession

Review of Financial Studies. 2021. Citation

  • Key Highlight: The California Foreclosure Prevention Laws, policies that increased the time and pecuniary costs of foreclosure, prevented 250,000 California foreclosures (a 20% reduction) and created $300 billion in housing wealth.

The Impact of Interest-Only Loans on Affordability

Regional Science and Urban Economics. 2020. Citation

  • Key Highlight: Interest-only mortgages are popular across the population, as most households value reduced monthly payments.

Local Labor Markets in Canada and the United States

Journal of Labor Economics. 2019. Citation

  • Key Highlight: This paper examines US and Canadian local labor markets. Wage levels and inequality rise over time with city population in both countries, albeit less in Canada. Local labor demand shifts raise nominal wages similarly. Chinese import competition had a weaker negative impact on manufacturing employment in Canada. These results are consistent with Canada’s more redistributive transfer system and larger, more educated immigrant workforce.

Winners and Losers From an Announced Durable Tax Hike: Tesla in Denmark

Applied Economics. 2019. Citation

  • Key Highlight: In 2015, the Danish government announced a tax hike on electric vehicles several months before its implementation. There was a dramatic surge in sales of Tesla Model S vehicles just before the tax came into effect, and a dramatic ebb in the months following.

Mortgage Default Risk: New Evidence from Internet Search Queries

Journal of Urban Economics. 2016. Citation

  • Key Highlight: This paper uses Google search query data to develop a broad-based and real-time index of mortgage default risk.

The Asymmetric Effects of Investor Sentiment

Macroeconomic Dynamics. 2016. Citation

  • Key Highlight: This paper constructs a novel index of investor sentiment that is highly correlated with other behavioral indicators, but more closely tracks speculative episodes. The main new finding is that the effects of sentiment are asymmetric: During sentiment contractions high sentiment predicts low future returns for the cross section of speculative stocks and for the market overall, whereas the relationship between sentiment and future returns is positive but relatively weak during sentiment expansions.

Systematically Important Banks and Increased Capital Requirements in the Dodd-Frank Era

Economics Letters. 2016. Citation

  • Key Highlight: New capital requirements for systematically important financial institutions lower abnormal initial stock returns for systemically important financial firms that then reverse and dissipate after three days. Results are consistent with an initial overreaction and subsequent market correction to new capital requirements by equity market investors.

The Impact of Conventional and Unconventional Monetary Policy on Investor Sentiment

Journal of Banking & Finance. 2015. Citation

  • Key Highlight: During conventional times, a surprise decrease in the fed funds rate leads to a large increase in investor sentiment. Similarly, expansionary unconventional monetary policy shocks also have a large and positive impact on investor mood. Together, findings highlight the importance of both conventional and unconventional monetary policy in the determination of investor sentiment.