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Time-varying inter-urban housing price spillovers in China: Causes and consequences

Yunzhi Lu, Jie Li and Haisheng Yang

Journal of Asian Economics, 2021, vol. 77, issue C

Abstract: The spatial spillovers of housing prices across regions are well documented by a large body of previous studies. This paper tries to investigate the dynamic (time-varying) evolution of spatial interactions and their underlying driving factors intensively. Using a recently developed Generalized Autoregressive Score (GAS) model, this paper examines the time-varying spatial spillovers of housing prices in 70 major and median cities of China from 2006 to 2019. We find that the GAS model can well capture the impact of time-varying critical events of Chinese real estate market on the whole. However, different regions display heterogeneous variation patterns over time. Further investigation shows that inter-regional labor mobility and trades are two major channels, accounting for 1.25% and 2.58% of the monthly standard deviations of spatial spillover effects from one city to another, respectively. We also characterize and distinguish between three time-varying patterns of spatial spillovers within different regions of China. Our results shed lights on the understanding of spatial spillovers across regional real estate markets across different city network structures within China.

Keywords: Housing prices diffusion; Dynamic spatial spillovers; Channels of spillover effects; Generalized autoregressive score; Leave-one-out method (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.asieco.2021.101396

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