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An analysis of the trends and cyclical behaviours of house prices in the Asian markets

Ming‐Chi Chen (Department of Finance, National Sun Yat‐sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China)
Yuichiro Kawaguchi (Faculty of Real Estate Sciences, Meikai University, Urayasu, Japan)
Kanak Patel (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)

Journal of Property Investment & Finance

ISSN: 1463-578X

Article publication date: 1 February 2004



This paper examines the time‐series behaviour of house prices for the four Asian markets, namely, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Taipei, by using structural time‐series methodology. The paper assumes two types of trend models to characterise and compare the long‐run movement of house prices. It also examines the cyclical pattern hidden in the series. The long‐run trend rate in these markets ranged between approximately 1.6 and 3.2 per cent per annum. Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei have relatively higher figures, which could be expected in light of the rapidly growing economies. Surprisingly, their cyclical patterns were fairly similar, although causes of the cycles differed. The markets were found to have stochastic cycles of around one year, two to four years and seven to ten years, which were consistent with previous findings on real business cycles commonly observed internationally in other macroeconomic time series. However, the found stochastic nature suggests all these markets are not in a steady state and is still changing.



Chen, M., Kawaguchi, Y. and Patel, K. (2004), "An analysis of the trends and cyclical behaviours of house prices in the Asian markets", Journal of Property Investment & Finance, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 55-75.



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