Using Hedonic Indexes to Measure Supply Response to Housing Allowances

by C. Lance Barnett


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Hedonic indexing of housing services is one way the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment will measure the price elasticity of supply in local housing markets affected by a full-scale housing allowance program. The linear form recommended for the index agrees with well-known theories of market behavior. Certain rules governing the choice of attributes are inferred from the theory. It is also shown how the price elasticity of supply will be estimated using Paasche and Laspeyres indexes of changes in the price and quantity of housing service.

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