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Age, Time, Vintage, and Price Indexes: Measuring the Depreciation Pattern of Houses

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  • Iqbal Syed

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    (School of Economics and CAER, UNSW Business School, UNSW)

  • Jan de Haan

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    (Statistics Netherlands and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

Age, time and vintage are key determinants of house prices, yet they cannot be included together linearly or as dichotomous variables in hedonic regressions as construction time + age of house = sale time. We introduce a method where the estimates of the age, time and vintage effects on prices are obtained in a flexible manner, without requiring us to specify a pre-determined functional form for either of these variables. Applying our method to Dutch data, we find that the estimated depreciation pattern over the life of houses does not follow the functional forms typically specified for the age of houses in hedonic regressions.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, The University of New South Wales in its series Discussion Papers with number 2016-01.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2016
Handle: RePEc:swe:wpaper:2016-01
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