The Time Value of Housing: Historical Evidence on Discount Rates
43 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2016
Date Written: October 07, 2016
Most London housing transactions involve trading long leases of varying lengths. We exploit this to estimate the time value of housing — the relationship between the price of a property and the term of ownership — over a hundred years and derive implied discount rates. For our empirical analysis, we compile a unique historical data set (1987 to 1992) to abstract from the right to extend leases currently enjoyed by tenants. Across a variety of specifications and samples we find that leasehold prices are consistent with a time declining schedule and low long-term discount rates in housing markets.
Keywords: Housing, leasehold, discount rates
JEL Classification: G10, R30
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