Abstract:  The 2008 financial crisis is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of 1929. It has been characterised by a housing bubble in a context of rapid credit expansion, high risk-taking and exacerbated financial leverage, ending into deleveraging and credit crunch when the bubble burst. This paper discusses the
interactions between housing tax provisions and the financial crisis. In particular, it reviews the existing evidence on the links between capital gains taxation of houses, interest mortgage deductibility and characteristics of the crisis.

The Role of Housing Tax Provisions in the 2008 Financial Crisis by Thomas Hemmelgarn, Gaetan Nicodeme, and Ernesto Zangari – version: March 2011 – PDF