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Property Heterogeneity and Convergence Club Formation among Local House Prices

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  • Mark J. Holmes

    () (Department of Economics, Waikato University, New Zealand)

  • Jesús Otero

    () (Facultad de Economía, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia)

  • Theodore Panagiotidis

    () (Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, Greece; Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis)

Abstract

We investigate the extent of convergence club formation in local house prices. Our study is novel in a number of key ways. First, new insights are obtained through utilising a large disaggregated panel dataset comprising multiple types of housing (detached, semi-detached, terraced housing and flats) for a very large sample of 348 England and Wales local authorities. Second, we analyse through probit estimation those factors that drive convergence club formation. Third, we also consider within-city club formation as well as club formation during periods of house price bubbles. Using a study period of more than two decades, we find the presence of divergence or multiple house price convergence clubs rather than a single club. While location, distance, income, population density, congestion and education are significant in explaining convergence club formation, housing type is also an important factor with convergence less likely among detached, semi-detached and terraced housing than among flats.

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  • Mark J. Holmes & Jesús Otero & Theodore Panagiotidis, 2018. "Property Heterogeneity and Convergence Club Formation among Local House Prices," Working Paper series 18-35, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:rim:rimwps:18-35
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    Keywords

    Convergence; clubs; house prices; England and Wales;

    JEL classification:

    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables
    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • R2 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis
    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location

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