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Commercial and Residential Land Prices Across the United States

Stephen D. Oliner

American Enterprise Institute

Joseph Nichols

Federal Reserve Board

Michael R. Mulhall

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

February 2010

FEDS Working Paper No. 16

We use a national dataset of land sales to construct land price indexes for 23 MSAs in the United States and for the aggregate of those MSAs. We construct the price indexes by estimating hedonic regressions with a large sample of land transactions dating back to the mid-1990s. The regressions feature a flexible method of controlling for spatial price patterns within an MSA. The resulting price indexes show a dramatic increase in both commercial and residential land prices over several years prior to their peak in 2006-07 and a steep descent since then. These fluctuations in land prices are considerably larger than those in well-known indexes of commercial real estate and house prices. Because those existing indexes price a bundle of land and structures, this comparison implies that land prices have been more volatile than structures prices over this period.

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Keywords: Price index, Land, Residential, Commercial

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Date posted: March 11, 2011  

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Oliner, Stephen D. and Nichols, Joseph and Mulhall, Michael R., Commercial and Residential Land Prices Across the United States (February 2010). FEDS Working Paper No. 16. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1783627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1783627

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Stephen D. Oliner (Contact Author)
American Enterprise Institute ( email )
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Joseph Nichols
Federal Reserve Board ( email )
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Washington, DC 20551
United States
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Michael R. Mulhall
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. ( email )
60 Wall St.
New York, NY 10260
United States
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