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Housing and the cost of living in early modern Toledo

Mauricio Drelichman and David González Agudo

Explorations in Economic History, 2014, vol. 54, issue C, 27-47

Abstract: Data on housing costs and rental markets for the early modern period are notoriously scarce. Using a new database of rent paid on 183 properties belonging to the Cathedral Chapter of Toledo between 1489 and 1600, we reconstruct housing costs for various social groups and trace the effect of exogenous shocks on the rental market using hedonic techniques. We document a well-functioning market that responded swiftly and predictably to exogenous shocks. We then explore the impact of adding rent to early modern price indices and estimates of living standards. Price indices show a moderate effect. The addition of rent reduces the gap between Toledo and two northern European locations by up to 9.5%.

Keywords: Housing; Rent indices; Living standards; Hedonic analysis; Early modern period; Spain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R21 R31 N34 N94 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.eeh.2014.08.001

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