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A New Approach to Estimating the Production Function for Housing

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  • Dennis Epple
  • Brett Gordon
  • Holger Sieg

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Dating to the classic works of Alonso, Mills, and Muth, the production function for housing has played a central role in urban economics and local public finance. This paper provides a new flexible approach for estimating the housing production function which treats housing quantities and prices as latent variables. The empirical analysis is based on a comprehensive database of recently built properties in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. We find that the new method proposed in this paper works well in the application and provides reasonable estimates for the underlying production function. (JEL C51, D24, R11, R31)

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 100 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 905-24

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:100:y:2010:i:3:p:905-24

Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.100.3.905
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  1. Dennis Epple & Michael Peress & Holger Sieg, 2010. "Identification and Semiparametric Estimation of Equilibrium Models of Local Jurisdictions," American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 2(4), pages 195-220, November.
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  4. Gabriel M. Ahfeldt, 2013. "Urbanity," SERC Discussion Papers 0136, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.
  5. Stephen M. Calabrese & Dennis N. Epple & Richard E. Romano, 2012. "Inefficiencies from Metropolitan Political and Fiscal Decentralization: Failures of Tiebout Competition," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 79(3), pages 1081-1111.
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  8. Epple, Dennis & Romano, Richard & Sieg, Holger, 2012. "The intergenerational conflict over the provision of public education," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(3), pages 255-268.
  9. Bayer, Patrick & McMillan, Robert, 2012. "Tiebout sorting and neighborhood stratification," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(11), pages 1129-1143.

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