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Chain-Formation in the Owner-Occupied Housing Market

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This paper examines the process by which owner-occupied housing market transactions take place. The objective is to develop a model which can reproduce the slow build-up of housing chains of connected owner-occupier sales and purchases. The approach here applies stringent discontinuous preferences over house type and location to develop a computer model which will produce these housing chains. The process derived demonstrates that existing owner-occupiers spend longer in housing market search than will first-time buyers or the sellers of new dwellings. The implication that existing owner-occupiers 'lag' in the housing market is tested on U.K. housing price data, with results that clearly support this general hypothesis. Copyright 1997 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Rosenthal, Leslie, 1997. "Chain-Formation in the Owner-Occupied Housing Market," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 107(441), pages 475-488, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:107:y:1997:i:441:p:475-88
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