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Managing hedonic housing price indexes: The French experience

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  • Gouriéroux, Christian
  • Laferrère, Anne

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Despite their theoretical advantages, hedonic housing price indexes are not so commonly computed by statistical agencies or real estate professionals. Many published indexes still rely on mean or median prices, or favor repeat-sales methods, which require less information about the attributes of the housing units and less econometric expertise on the part of the index compilers, but may be less accurate and robust. In France as in other countries where housing sales have to be recorded in front of a notary, data on transaction prices and characteristics of dwellings are available. Such data have been centralized since 1994, and quarterly hedonic housing price indexes have been computed for more than 10 years. This paper describes the institutional setting of housing transactions in France, and the collaboration between the notaries and the national statistical agency (INSEE). The former are responsible for data collection and regular computation, whereas the latter takes scientific responsibility for the method. The detailed information on the individual properties transacted remains proprietary data, but disaggregated indexes are publicly and freely available. This organization and assignment of roles has proven effective and might be extended to countries with similar institutional settings.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Housing Economics.

Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 206-213

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhouse:v:18:y:2009:i:3:p:206-213

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Keywords: Housing price index Hedonic method Pricing system;

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  1. Ferrara, L. & Vigna, O., 2009. "Cyclical relationships between GDP and housing market in France: Facts and factors at play," Working papers 268, Banque de France.
  2. Juan Carmona Pidal & Markus Lampe & Joan R. Rosés, 2012. "Housing markets during the rural-urban transition : evidence from early 20th century Spain," Working Papers in Economic History wp12-10, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Historia Económica e Instituciones.
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