Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2011.03.003
Title: Evaluating conditions in major Chinese housing markets
Authors: Wu, J.
Gyourko, J.
Deng, Y. 
Keywords: China
House prices
Housing markets
Land prices
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Wu, J., Gyourko, J., Deng, Y. (2012). Evaluating conditions in major Chinese housing markets. Regional Science and Urban Economics 42 (3) : 531-543. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2011.03.003
Abstract: High and rising prices in Chinese housing markets have attracted global attention. Price-to-rent ratios in Beijing and seven other large markets across the country have increased by 30% to 70% since the beginning of 2007. Current price-to-rent ratios imply very low user costs of no more than 2%-3% of house value. Very high expected capital gains appear necessary to justify such low user costs of owning. Our calculations suggest that even modest declines in expected appreciation would lead to large price declines of over 40% in markets such as Beijing, absent offsetting rent increases or other countervailing factors. Price-to-income ratios also are at their highest levels ever in Beijing and select other markets, but urban income growth has outpaced price appreciation in major markets off the coast. Much of the increase in prices is occurring in land values. Using data from the local land auction market in Beijing, we are able to produce a constant quality land price index for that city. Real, constant quality land values have increased by nearly 800% since the first quarter of 2003, with half that rise occurring over the past two years. State-owned enterprises controlled by the central government have played an important role in this increase, as our analysis shows they paid 27% more than other bidders for an otherwise equivalent land parcel. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Regional Science and Urban Economics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/46130
ISSN: 01660462
DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2011.03.003
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