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Estimating the Demand for Housing Attributes in Chile


  • Esteban Lopez

    () (Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

  • Dusan Paredes

    () (Departamento de Economía, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile)


This paper estimates income and price elasticities for housing attributes for each region of Chile in order to evaluate the sensitivity of their demand to price changes as well as whether they are considered luxuries or basic necessities. Using five cross section household surveys (CASEN) from 2000-2011, our results suggest that based on income elasticities, Housing Size (HS) and Housing Location (HL) are basic necessities. Contrarily, Housing Quality (HQ) and Housing Features (HF) are considered luxury goods. HS and HL are more price-inelastic than the other attributes. These results are consistent across regions.

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  • Esteban Lopez & Dusan Paredes, 2015. "Estimating the Demand for Housing Attributes in Chile," Documentos de Trabajo en Economia y Ciencia Regional 63, Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile, Department of Economics, revised Sep 2015.
  • Handle: RePEc:cat:dtecon:dt201510

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