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House prices in Italy, 1927-2012


  • Luigi Cannari

    () (Bank of Italy)

  • Giovanni D’Alessio

    () (Bank of Italy)

  • Giovanni Vecchi

    () (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)


In this paper we evaluate the trend in house prices and residential land prices from 1927 to 2012. In this period real house prices increased more than threefold, while they quintupled in big cities. The increase was much greater than that of the real construction costs, which doubled. More than two-thirds of the increase in house prices that occurred between 1950 and 2012 was attributable to the increase in residential land prices. The increase in the wealth-to-GDP ratio observed in Italy since the middle of the last century was largely due to the rise in real house prices; although increasing house prices can make buying a home more difficult for non-homeowners, our results mitigate the concerns about the distributive tensions that may arise from the growth in the wealth-to-GDP ratio.

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  • Luigi Cannari & Giovanni D’Alessio & Giovanni Vecchi, 2016. "House prices in Italy, 1927-2012," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 333, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdi:opques:qef_333_16

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    house prices; land prices; wealth; households.;

    JEL classification:

    • N01 - Economic History - - General - - - Development of the Discipline: Historiographical; Sources and Methods
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets

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