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A History of Housing Prices in Australia 1880-2010

29 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2010  

Nigel Stapledon

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

Date Written: November 18, 2010

Abstract

This paper introduces series of house and land prices for Australia’s major capital cities for the period 1880-1970 which, spliced to modern data, give series spanning 1880-2010. The broad trends in prices for houses, land and rents highlight no significant movement in real prices for the first seventy years followed by a persistent and significant trend rise in prices. Cycles in house prices and housing activity played a major part in each of the seven major economic cycles in this period, the first associated with the 1880s boom/1890s depression and finishing with a major cycle which commenced in the mid-1990s.

Keywords: Australia, House Prices, Land Prices, Gross Dwelling Rents, Price and Rent Controls, Housing Cycles, Economic Cycles

JEL Classification: G12, N97, R21, R31, R38

Suggested Citation

Stapledon, Nigel, A History of Housing Prices in Australia 1880-2010 (November 18, 2010). UNSW Australian School of Business Research Paper No. 2010 ECON 18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1711224

Nigel Stapledon (Contact Author)

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

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Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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