Housing Supply Elasticity in Sydney Local Government Areas

31 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2014

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Xiangling Liu

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

Glenn Otto

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

Date Written: March 11, 2014

Abstract

We report supply elasticity estimates of residential property (houses and apartments) for Local Government Areas (LGAs) in metropolitan Sydney. Using annual data for 1991-2012, the average supply elasticity estimate across all LGAs is 0.2 for houses and 0.8 for apartments. The supply of houses is inelastic in all 43 LGAs; in contrast apartment supply is elastic – greater than unity – in about one-third of LGAs. We develop a model to explain the cross-section variation in supply elasticity across LGAs. For houses, supply elasticity is negatively related to an LGA’s population density, the time taken by a Local Council to process a development application and to various measures of the amount of land in an LGA that is unavailable for new housing development. Variation in supply elasticity for apartments across LGAs is unrelated to any of the available regressors.

Keywords: housing supply, supply elasticity, development application, undevelopable land

JEL Classification: R31, R52

Suggested Citation

Liu, Xiangling and Otto, Glenn, Housing Supply Elasticity in Sydney Local Government Areas (March 11, 2014). UNSW Australian School of Business Research Paper No. 2014-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2407327 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2407327

Xiangling Liu

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Glenn Otto (Contact Author)

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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