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Department of Economics

Housing prices and consumption: the case of China

Speaker Ms. WANG Yonglin, Laura
MPhil Student
Chief Supervisor Prof. WEI Xiangdong
Co-Supervisor Dr. ZOU Lin
Time 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m.
Date 27 May 2011 (Friday)
Venue SO322, Dorothy Y. L. Wong Building


The rapid soaring housing prices in China's residential property market have attracted increasingly worldwide attentions in recent years. Facing the rising concerns about both the stability and sustainability of China' housing market price dynamics, this study aims at investigating the impact of changes in housing wealth on the movement of household consumption in China. Previous studies on this subject usually use country level data with relatively shorter sample period, or individual time series for a single or a few cities. Recent development in literatures suggests that panel data have the more heightened capacity for modeling the complexity of human behavior than a single cross-section or time series data can possibly allow. In this study, in order to identify both long-term and short-term elasticity of consumption with respect to housing wealth, panel framework of ECM is constructed, with quarterly data from 23 cities throughout China, covering the period of 2005Q1-2010Q4.
​Statistic results report large and highly significant positive housing wealth effect on consumption in both long-run and short-run. More importantly, facing the potential endogeneity problem that driven by the fact that housing prices are highly correlated with income, instrumental variables are therefore included. The subsequent empirical analyses confirm our finding that changes in housing values can exert large and positive impacts on household consumption, even when the endogenous bias is controlled for.