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The determinants of house prices in New Zealand: An aggregate and regional analysis

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  • Brendan O'Donovan
  • David Rae

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This paper models the determinants of house prices in New Zealand at an aggregate and regional level. We model the demand for housing as part of households ' overall consumption decision and combine it with a supply curve and an aggregate consumption function. Dynamics are captured through an asymmetric error-correction mechanism: house price booms are different to house price slumps. House prices in 14 regions are also modelled. We find that relative house prices are affected by a region's economic performance, population, and by agricultural commodity prices. In contrast to UK evidence, we do not find that house prices in regions that are geographically close are more likely to be cointegrated.

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  • Brendan O'Donovan & David Rae, 1997. "The determinants of house prices in New Zealand: An aggregate and regional analysis," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(2), pages 175-198.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:31:y:1997:i:2:p:175-198
    DOI: 10.1080/00779959709544273
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    1. Arthur Grimes & Andrew Aitken, 2004. "What's the Beef with House Prices? Economic Shocks and Local Housing Markets," Working Papers 04_08, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.
    2. Anne de Bruin & Susan Flint-Hartle, 2001. "The Behaviour of Residential Rental Property Investors in New Zeland : A Bounded Rationality Framework," ERES eres2001_144, European Real Estate Society (ERES).
    3. Arthur Grimes & Suzi Kerr & Andrew Aitken, 2003. "Housing and Economic Adjustment," Urban/Regional 0310006, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Karolien De Bruyne & Jan Van Hove, "undated". "Explaining Spatial Variation in Housing Prices: An Economic Geography Approach," Regional and Urban Modeling 283600023, EcoMod.

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