Can Geospatial Data Improve House Price Indexes? A Hedonic Imputation Approach with Splines
Determining how and when to use geospatial data (i.e. longitudes and latitudes for each house) is probably the most pressing open question in the house price index literature. This issue is particularly timely for national statistical institutes (NSIs) in the European Union, which are now required by Eurostat to produce official house price indexes. Our solution combines the hedonic imputation method with a flexible hedonic model that captures geospatial data using a non‐parametric spline surface. For Sydney, Australia, we find that the extra precision provided by geospatial data as compared with postcode dummies has only a marginal impact on the resulting hedonic price index. This is good news for resource‐stretched NSIs. At least for Sydney, postcodes seem to be sufficient to control for locational effects in a hedonic house price index.
Hill, R. J. und Scholz, M. (2018): Can Geospatial Data Improve House Price Indexes? A Hedonic Imputation Approach with Splines, in: The Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 64, No. 4, pp. 737-756, doi: doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12303.
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