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Price Indices Based on the Hedonic Repeat-Sales Method: Application to the Housing Market

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  • Clapp, John M
  • Giaccotto, Carmelo

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Shiller (1993) proposes the hedonic repeated-measures (HRM) approach to measuring constant quality price indices for heterogeneous assets such as some bonds and real estate. We derive a mathematical relationship between the coefficients of the HRM model and those from the standard repeat-sales model, and we demonstrate how hedonic characteristics should be chosen for inclusion in the HRM model. Empirical estimates using Fairfax, Virginia, housing transactions data show that the HRM price index evaluated at the mean of the hedonic variable is virtually identical to the standard repeat sales index, just as predicted by our mathematical relationship. But the HRM allows estimation of different price paths for heterogeneous assets. We demonstrate that use of assessed value as the only hedonic characteristic allows parsimonious HRM estimates. Copyright 1998 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Clapp, John M & Giaccotto, Carmelo, 1998. "Price Indices Based on the Hedonic Repeat-Sales Method: Application to the Housing Market," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 16(1), pages 5-26, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jrefec:v:16:y:1998:i:1:p:5-26
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