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Housing features and rent: estimating the microstructures of rental housing

Hayato Nishi (Department of Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan)
Yasushi Asami (Department of Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan)
Chihiro Shimizu (College of Sports Science, Nihon University, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Article publication date: 14 February 2019

Issue publication date: 20 March 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

While consumers did not previously have information on detailed housing features via traditional media, such as magazines, nowadays, due to the progress in information technology, they can access detailed information on various housing features via housing information websites. Therefore, detailed housing features may affect current rents to some extent. This paper aims to identify the effects of detailed housing features on rent and on omitted variable bias in Tokyo, Japan.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper applies the hedonic approach. To identify the effects of features which are not observed previously, we use a unique data set that contains various housing features and over 200,000 housing units. This data set enables to simulate the situations when the researcher cannot get some variables, and this simulation shows which variables cause omitted variable bias.

Findings

The analysis shows that housing features significantly influence housing rent. If significant housing feature variables are not included in the hedonic model, the estimated coefficients show omitted variable bias. Additionally, unit-specific features such auto-locking door can cause omitted variable bias on location-specific features such accessibility to downtown.

Originality/values

This paper shows empirical evidence that detailed housing features can cause omitted variable bias on other features including variables which are often used in previous searches. The result from our unique data set can be a guide for variable selection to reduce omitted variable bias.

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Citation

Nishi, H., Asami, Y. and Shimizu, C. (2019), "Housing features and rent: estimating the microstructures of rental housing", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 210-225. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHMA-09-2018-0067

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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