The Real Value of House Prices: What the Cost of Accommodation Can Tell Policymakers
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol. 41, 2011-2012
21 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2013
Date Written: March 15, 2012
This paper explores the potential for the housing market to inform public policy in Ireland by developing a model of the determinants of the cost of accommodation. It does this by using a rich dataset of sales and lettings accommodation costs in Ireland over the period 2006-2010. A large empirical literature has grown up around a core concept that households pay to enjoy particular amenities. Five categories of amenity are included in the analysis: market depth, transport, human capital, social capital and environmental amenities. The typical amenity included is found to have a significant effect on accommodation costs, one that is larger in the sales segment than in the rental segment. Differences by amenity type highlight the importance of using “supply-side variation” to ensure the robustness of estimates of private benefit from public goods.
Keywords: housing markets, housing prices, hedonic regression, amenity valuation
JEL Classification: E62, R21, R3, R31, G12, H4, L92
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