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Does total-factor productivity drive housing prices? A growth-accounting exercise for four countries


  • Moro, Alessio
  • Nuño, Galo


Housing prices diverge from construction prices after 1997 in four major countries. Besides, total-factor productivity (TFP) differences between construction and the general economy account for the evolution of construction prices in the US and Germany, but not in the UK and Spain.

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  • Moro, Alessio & Nuño, Galo, 2012. "Does total-factor productivity drive housing prices? A growth-accounting exercise for four countries," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 115(2), pages 221-224.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:2:p:221-224 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.038

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    Housing prices; TFP; Growth accounting; Cobb–Douglas assumption;

    JEL classification:

    • E01 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Measurement and Data on National Income and Product Accounts and Wealth; Environmental Accounts
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • E25 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Aggregate Factor Income Distribution
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles


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