Canadians Overinvested in Their Homes, Says Florida
While Florida agrees that homeowners are good for communities, the tying up of all those Canadian dollars in homes means a lack of investment in other markets.
He writes, "A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 1998, well before the boom and bust, found the U.S. had over-invested in housing relative to other forms of capital since 1929. It has drained off capital from productivity improvement, innovation, medical technology, software or alternative energy: sectors that could drive growth well into the future.
Here as well, housing sucks up a huge share of national capital that should go to support innovation and new industries."