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Statistical Theory of Hedonic Price Indices

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  • Brachinger, Hans Wolfgang

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In the economic literature, essentially, hedonic techniques either are applied straightforwardly or the economic foundations of the hedonic hypothesis are discussed. In this paper, the statistical foundations of hedonic price indices are developed. After a short overview on well-known functional forms of hedonic equations, first, precise hedonic notions of a good and its price are specified. These specifications allow a clear-cut definition of true hedonic price indices. Then, the problem of estimating hedonic price indices is treated. It is shown, first, that the usual hedonic price index formulae result from estimating certain true indices in a special way and, second, that the techniques used in practice for estimating hedonic indices are just first approaches.

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  • Brachinger, Hans Wolfgang, 2002. "Statistical Theory of Hedonic Price Indices," DQE Working Papers 1, Department of Quantitative Economics, University of Freiburg/Fribourg Switzerland, revised Aug 2003.
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    1. Gaetano Lisi, 2013. "On the Functional Form of the Hedonic Price Function: A Matching-theoretic Model and Empirical Evidence," International Real Estate Review, Asian Real Estate Society, vol. 16(2), pages 189-207.
    2. Martin T. Bohl, Winfried Michels, Jens Oelgemöller, "undated". "Determinanten von Wohnimmobilienpreisen: Das Beispiel der Stadt Münster," Working Papers 201144, Institute of Spatial and Housing Economics, Munster Universitary.
    3. Ventura Charlin & Arturo Cifuentes, 2013. "A new financial metric for the art market," Papers 1309.6929, arXiv.org, revised Jul 2015.
    4. Brachinger, Hans Wolfgang & Beer, Michael, 2009. "The Econometric Foundations of Hedonic Elementary Price Indices," DQE Working Papers 12, Department of Quantitative Economics, University of Freiburg/Fribourg Switzerland.
    5. Piermassimo Pavese, 2007. "Hedonic Housing Price Indices: The Turinese Experience," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 97(6), pages 113-148, November-.
    6. Philipp Deschermeier & Michael Voigtländer & Björn Seipelt, 2014. "Modelling a hedonic index for commercial properties in Berlin," ERES eres2014_216, European Real Estate Society (ERES).
    7. Sanja Lutzeyer, 2008. "Estimating Hedonic Prices for Stellenbosch wine," Working Papers 15/2008, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.
    8. Michael Beer, 2007. "Bootstrapping a hedonic price index: experience from used cars data," AStA Advances in Statistical Analysis, Springer;German Statistical Society, vol. 91(1), pages 77-92, March.
    9. Bohl, Martin T. & Michels, Winfried & Oelgemöller, Jens, 2011. "Determinanten von Wohnimmobilienpreisen: Das Beispiel der Stadt Münster," Beiträge zur angewandten Wirtschaftsforschung 34, University of Münster, Center of Applied Economic Research Münster (CAWM).

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    Keywords

    Hedonic regression; functional forms of hedonic equations; hedonic price of a good; true hedonic price index; true hedonic Laspeyres price index; true hedonic Paasche price index; true adjacent periods price index; estimated hedonic price indices;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation

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