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The Real Story of Housing Prices in Australia from 1970 to 2003

  • Peter Abelson
  • Demi Chung
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    Despite the popular and public policy interest in housing prices, there have been few reliable published data for housing prices in Australia. In this article we aim to provide an authoritative account of prices for houses and apartments (units) in Australia from 1970 to 2003. Where possible we draw on data from land title offices or on studies that draw on these data, but we also draw on supplementary data in some cases. The first part of the article describes the major data sources of Australian house prices. The main body of the article provides our best estimates of median house and unit prices and real price indices in the capital cities and in the rest of Australia along with explanations for their derivations. We also estimate how improvements in housing quality have influenced real house prices. Copyright 2005 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.

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    Article provided by The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in its journal The Australian Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 (09)
    Pages: 265-281

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:ausecr:v:38:y:2005:i:3:p:265-281
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