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Flood risk and buyer search behavior in Ho Chi Minh City

Hong Thi Bich Nguyen (School of Economics, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Norman G. Miller (School of Business, University of San Diego, San Diego, California, USA)
Nam Khanh Pham (School of Economics, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Hiep Thanh Truong (School of Economics, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Article publication date: 6 August 2021

Issue publication date: 17 June 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate countries without national property insurance and see how experience affects behavior toward higher-risk flood prone property.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a unique data set that captures the flood experiences of homeowners that search for new housing, the authors examine the premiums or discounts of such experience on homes at risk. The authors use hedonic property modeling to estimate the effects of experience on values.

Findings

The authors find that such experiences play a strong role in convincing buyers of the real risks imposed by climate change and sea level rise and the authors expect these demand-side behavioral changes to persist. This finding is unlike more developed markets where insurance may be subsidized and negative effects on value dissipate within a few years.

Research limitations/implications

The world is starting to pay more attention to climate risk and the results in developed countries have been biased by the extensive insurance provided by the government or emergency funding.

Practical implications

Providing market transparency on climate risks will result in permanent market effects, if not otherwise subsidized.

Social implications

The governments should encourage market disclosure.

Originality/value

No one has ever had a data set like this before where the authors get to observe the behavior of those already experiencing property losses from flooding.

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Acknowledgements

This research is funded by the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Citation

Nguyen, H.T.B., Miller, N.G., Pham, N.K. and Truong, H.T. (2022), "Flood risk and buyer search behavior in Ho Chi Minh City", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 895-909. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHMA-05-2021-0060

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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