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Demographic Factors and Real House Prices

  • Richard K. Green
  • Patric H. Hendershott

Real house prices are directly determined by the willingness of households to pay for (and willingness of builders to supply) a constant-quality house. Changes in the quantity of housing demanded will affect real prices only to the extent that the long-run housing supply schedule is positively sloped. In this paper we use 1980 census data to measure the impact of the age structure and real income per household on the willingness of households to pay for a constant quality house. Extrapolating these variables forward to 2010, we conclude that evolving demographic forces are likely to raise real house prices. not lower them.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4332.

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Date of creation: Apr 1993
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Publication status: published as "Age, Housing Demand and Real House Prices), Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol. 26 (1996): 465-480.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:4332
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