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The price–rent ratio inequality in Scottish Cities: fluctuations in discount rates and expected rent growth

Dooruj Rambaccussing ()
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Dooruj Rambaccussing: University of Dundee

SN Business & Economics, 2021, vol. 1, issue 9, 1-15

Abstract: Abstract The price to rent ratio can be used to identify properties which are either overvalued or undervalued according to market fundamentals. Fluctuations in the price to rent ratio over time, can be traced to either changes in expectations of future house price growth (expected returns) or rental growth. In this paper, we measure the impact of these latent variables in Scotland’s main cities by implementing a state-space model based on the present value. The model estimates show that the proportion of expected rent growth and expected returns driving the price to rent ratio differs across Scotland. Glasgow seems to be driven mostly by expected returns, while rent growth drives price movements in Edinburgh. A geographic dimension is noted as cities on the East coast share similar expected returns and expected rent growth. Housing market trends in Scotland mostly follow the Edinburgh experience. Further decompositions show that house price changes are driven by an equal combination of expected rent growth and expected returns in Dundee and Aberdeen.

Keywords: State-space model; Present value; Scottish cities; Housing markets; Rent; Geography (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C32 C58 G12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s43546-021-00116-y

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