A Consistent Estimate of Land Price, Structure Price, and Depreciation Factor

28 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2013

See all articles by Yan Chang

Yan Chang

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC)

Jian Chen

IFE Group; CreditWise Technology Company Limited; Caixin Insight Group; MSCI Inc.

Date Written: May 2011


The price of a single-family house can be viewed as the bundle of the land price, and the replacement/construction cost of the structure, adjusted for depreciation. Given the difficulty in obtaining accurate estimates of each of the elements, previous researches estimate land price as the residual via subtracting the external construction cost and depreciation factor from home price. In this paper, we provide a coherent framework, in which land price index, construction cost index, and depreciation factors can be estimated from home price data, without relying on exogenous assumptions on construction cost or depreciation factors. We demonstrate our methodology by using AHS microdata to estimate land price, structure price, and depreciation indices simultaneously in six large metropolitan areas. The empirical results are consistent with previous research papers. To our knowledge, our method is the first to combine repeat sales approach and hedonic approach, and estimate all three indices simultaneously in an internal consistent fashion. This method can be utilized to provide historical estimates of residential land prices, and serve as the basis for land price forecasts.

Keywords: housing price, land price, structure price, depreciation factor

JEL Classification: R33, E31, O18, C51 

Suggested Citation

Chang, Yan and Chen, Jian, A Consistent Estimate of Land Price, Structure Price, and Depreciation Factor (May 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2296217 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2296217

Yan Chang

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) ( email )

8200 Jones Branch Road
McLean, VA 22101
United States

Jian Chen (Contact Author)

IFE Group ( email )

51 Monroe St., Suite 1100
Rockville, MD Maryland 20850
United States
3013096560 (Phone)
3013096562 (Fax)

CreditWise Technology Company Limited


Caixin Insight Group




Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics