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Crashes in Real Estate Prices: Causes and Predictability


  • Qin Xiao

    (Business School, University of Aberdeen, S61 Edward Wright Building, Dunbar St, Old Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB24 3QY, UK,


Large swings in real estate prices that end in devastating crashes have been witnessed by many countries in the past two decades. To curtail the damage of these crashes, it is imperative that we understand their causes. This study proposes a model that associates market crashes with periodically collapsing speculative bubbles. Unlike the conventional literature, the identification of the bubble does not rely on assumptions about fundamentals, but on some ‘fingerprints’ of speculation. These fingerprints, theoretically, may also serve as predictors of market crashes. In practice, however, a number of factors may hinder the accuracy of the prediction.

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  • Qin Xiao, 2010. "Crashes in Real Estate Prices: Causes and Predictability," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 47(8), pages 1725-1744, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:47:y:2010:i:8:p:1725-1744

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    1. Honghao Ren & Henk Folmer & Arno Vlist, 2014. "What role does the real estate–construction sector play in China’s regional economy?," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 52(3), pages 839-857, May.
    2. Xiao, Qin, 2010. "Systemic Stability of Housing and Mortgage Market: From the observable to the unobservable," MPRA Paper 23708, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Ogonna Nneji & Chris Brooks & Charles Ward, 2013. "Commercial Real Estate and Equity Market Bubbles: Are They Contagious to REITs?," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 50(12), pages 2496-2516, September.

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