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Market External Events as Triggers of the 1991-1997 Residential Construction Peak in Taiwan


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  • Hsieh, Hui-Yuan

    (Department of Business Administration, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung Taiwan)

  • Forster, John

    (School of Business and Management, The American University of Sharjah, Sharjah United Arab Emirates AND Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith University, Brisbane Australia)

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    Between 1991 and 1993 the construction of residential units in Taiwan rose to triple normal levels. Identifying the surge as an event as opposed to a fluctuation in the production time-series, we ask what triggered this surge in physical production. Price mechanisms within the Taiwanese housing market offered no solution, and only limited help in deciding which of many market-external events affected production. This forced an exhaustive examination of large numbers of market-external events as potential triggers and intensifiers of the production surge. This approach led to different conclusions from all earlier analyses. A complex sequence of triggers and their interactions that intensified the surge is presented. This interpretation stands opposed to previous mono-causal explanations. This new interpretation – multiple unique events interacting to trigger and intensify another unique event – indicates limits to econometric methods in empirical economics. Consequently specific attention is paid to the development of a qualitative methodology.

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    Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

    Volume (Year): 37 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 15-40

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