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Paper eres2011_85:
The Effects of Demographic Changes and Supply Constraints on Dutch Housing Prices

id eres2011_85
authors van de Minne, Alex
year 2011
title The Effects of Demographic Changes and Supply Constraints on Dutch Housing Prices
source 18th Annual European Real Estate Society Conference in Eindhoven, the Netherlands
summary The purpose of this paper is to analyze the effects of demographic changes on the housing market in the Netherlands. We look specifically at the different effects of demographic growth and decline on house price levels and changes in a panel data set. In the real estate literature we find that urban growth is not a mirror image of urban decline, due to the durable character of housing. While durability of supply may not be a crucial element of urban dynamics for growing municipalities, it is essential for the nature of a municipality in decline. Due to the durability of housing demographic decline is reflected more in prices than in population. Whenever a city grows buildings would still have a delivery lag and agents would still have an imperfect foresight, resulting in housing price increases untill a new long_run equilibruim is reached. We use a panel data set consisting of variables on housing prices, vacancy, demographics (population, households and household size) and economics (income, education level and unemployment) over 402 Dutch municipalities over the years 1995 to 2009. Population change is entered in the model in a piecewise linear form to allow for differential effects in expanding versus declining municipalities. We estimate that every 1% decrease in population results in a housing price drop of 1.74%. For every 1% increase in population we estimate a 0.25% housing price drop. At first glance it seems strange that an increase in population results in lower housing prices. However, we find it to be more of a supply side effect rather than a demand side (population) effect. Local supply constraints ensure demand being translated more in housing prices than in population. Whenever supply is added (and thus the population grows) housing prices drop.
keywords Demographic decline; Human Capital; Housing Demand
series ERES:conference
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