Market External Events as Triggers of the 1991-1997 Residential Construction Peak in Taiwan
AbstractBetween 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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Bibliographic InfoArticle 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)
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