How convergent are regional house prices in the United Kingdom? Some new evidence from panel data unit root testing
Holmes, M. J. (2007). How convergent are regional house prices in the United Kingdom? Some new evidence from panel data unit root testing. Journal of Economic and Social Research, 9(1), 1-17.
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Using a variety of econometric methods, existing studies have failed to reach a consensus on whether or not UK regional house prices are engaged in kong-run equilibrium relationships with each other. Using data for the 197302005 study period, this study offers a novel approach to this debate through the application of unit root testing within a seemingly unrelated regression framework. It is argued that there exist significant advantages in this approach over and above existing univariate and panel data unit root testing procedures. The results indicate that the majority of UK regions exhibit regional house price convergence. However, there is an east-west split in terms of whether regional house prices have a tendency towards long-run equilibrium relationship with UK prices as whole. This is also evidence of considerable heterogeneity in the regional speeds of adjustment towards long-run equilibrium.
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