Housing Price Dynamics within a Metropolitan Area Housing Price Dynamics within a Metropolitan Area

By Karl E. Case and Christopher J. Mayer

Revised article published in Regional Science and Urban Economics 26, no. 3-4 (1996): 387-407. Reproduced here with permission from Elsevier Science.

This paper analyzes the pattern of house price appreciation in the Boston area from 1982 to 1994. The empirical results are consistent with the predictions of a standard urban model in which towns have a fixed set of amenities. The evidence suggests that changes in the cross-sectional pattern of house prices are related to differences in manufacturing employment, demographics, new construction, proximity to the downtown, and to aggregate school enrollments. These findings support the view that town amenities are not easily replicated or quickly adaptable to shifts in demand, even within a metropolitan area.

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