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The Estimation and Determinants of the Price Elasticity of Housing Supply: Evidence from China

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  • Songtao Wang

    () (Tsinghua University)

  • Su Han Chan

    () (Baruch College, City University of New York)

  • Bohua Xu

    () (University of Southern California)

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This paper provides a first look at estimates of the price elasticity of housing supply in China at both the national and city levels. Using a panel dataset consisting of 35 cities in China from 1998 to 2009, we find the implied national price elasticity of housing supply to be between 2.8 and 5.6. Our city-level analysis reveals that geographic, economic as well as regulatory factors are significant determinants of the variation in the observed price elasticity of housing supply. The study of a different regulatory and economic environment contributes to the growing literature on supply elasticity and helps explain the seemingly wide variation in supply elasticities observed across cities and countries.

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  • Songtao Wang & Su Han Chan & Bohua Xu, 2012. "The Estimation and Determinants of the Price Elasticity of Housing Supply: Evidence from China," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 34(3), pages 311-344.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:34:n:3:2012:p:311-344
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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services

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