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On the theoretical derivation of a functional form for the hedonic price function

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  • Lisi, Gaetano

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The key issue in the hedonic price theory is that although the literature emphasises the intrinsic nonlinearity in the relationship between house prices and housing characteristics, very little theoretical guidance is provided regarding the more appropriate mathematical specification for the hedonic price function. Thus, most empirical studies make use of flexible functional forms or simple linear models which possess a direct economic meaningfulness. This theoretical paper fills this gap by using the Mortensen-Pissarides matching model to show both the nonlinearity of the hedonic price function and the more appropriate functional relationship between prices and attributes.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 37066.

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Date of creation: 26 Feb 2012
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