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Price-Quality Relations and Hedonic Price Indexes for Cars in the United Kingdom

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  • Jonathan Murray
  • Nicholas Sarantis
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    The main objective of this paper is to employ a complete set of panel data on UK car characteristics to estimate a hedonic car price model. This enables us to examine price differences between various car models in terms of variations in individual car characteristics.We also pay greater attention to the specification of the hedonic price model than previous studies, as shown by the wide range of diagnostics reported. A second objective of the paper is to utilise the estimates of the hedonic price model to construct a hedonic price index for cars, which allows us to investigate the increase of car prices due to quality and non-quality factors.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal International Journal of the Economics of Business.

    Volume (Year): 6 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 5-27

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:ijecbs:v:6:y:1999:i:1:p:5-27

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    Keywords: Hedonic Prices; Quality; Cars;

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    1. Xosé-Luís Varela-Irimia, 2011. "Age effects, unobserved characteristics and hedonic price indexes: The Spanish car market in the 1990?s," Working Papers XREAP2011-11, Xarxa de Referència en Economia Aplicada (XREAP), revised Aug 2011.
    2. Michael Beer, 2007. "Bootstrapping a hedonic price index: experience from used cars data," AStA Advances in Statistical Analysis, Springer, vol. 91(1), pages 77-92, March.
    3. Stefan Sebastian Fahrländer, 2006. "Semiparametric Construction of Spatial Generalized Hedonic Models for Private Properties," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 142(IV), pages 501–528, December.
    4. Stefan Sebastian Fahrländer, 2008. "Indirect Construction of Hedonic Price Indexes for Private Properties," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 144(IV), pages 607-630, December.
    5. Anna Alberini & Markus Bareit & Massimo Filippini, 2014. "Does the Swiss Car Market Reward Fuel Efficient Cars? Evidence from Hedonic Pricing Regressions, a Regression Discontinuity Design, and Matching," Working Papers 2014.16, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    6. Stefan S. Fahrlaender, 2006. "Indirect Construction of Hedonic Price Indexes: Empirical Evidence for Private Properties in Switzerland," Diskussionsschriften dp0601, Universitaet Bern, Departement Volkswirtschaft.
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    8. Massimo Anna Alberini & Massimo Filippini & Markus Bareit, 2014. "Does the Swiss Car Market Reward Fuel Efficient Cars? Evidence from Hedonic Pricing Regressions, Matching and a Regression Discontinuity Design," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 14/190, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.
    9. David Prentice & Xiangkang Yin, 2000. "Measuring Quality-Adjusted Inflation Rates for a Heterogeneous Oligopoly," Working Papers 2000.06, School of Economics, La Trobe University.

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