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Why House Price Indexes Differ; Measurement and Analysis

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A key element in the build-up to the global recession and subsequently was the movement in house price indexes (HPIs). These indexes are particularly prone to methodological and coverage differences which can undermine both within-country and cross-country economic analysis. The paper outlines key measurement issues and reports on empirical work using an international panel data set that (i) considers whether differences in HPI measurement matter and, if so, in what way, and (ii) revisits the measurement of global house price inflation and the modeling of the determinants of house price inflation using HPIs corrected for differences in measurement practice.

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  • Mick Silver, 2012. "Why House Price Indexes Differ; Measurement and Analysis," IMF Working Papers 12/125, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/125
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    1. Hideaki Hirata & M. Ayhan Kose & Christopher Otrok & Marco E Terrones, 2013. "Global House Price Fluctuations: Synchronization and Determinants," NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 9(1), pages 119-166.
    2. Mick Silver & Brian Graf, 2014. "Commercial Property Price Indexes; Problems of Sparse Data, Spatial Spillovers, and Weighting," IMF Working Papers 14/72, International Monetary Fund.
    3. Frisancho Veronica, 2012. "Signaling Creditworthiness in Peruvian Microfinance Markets: The Role of Information Sharing," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, pages 1-43.
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    5. Deniz O Igan & Prakash Loungani, 2012. "Global Housing Cycles," IMF Working Papers 12/217, International Monetary Fund.
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