Spatial interactions in hedonic pricing models: the urban housing market of Aveiro, Portugal

Arnab Bhattacharjee, Eduardo Anselmo de Castro, Joao Lourenco Marques

    Research output: Working paper


    Spatial heterogeneity, spatial dependence and spatial scale constitute key features of spatial analysis of housing markets. However, the common practice of modelling spatial dependence as being generated by spatial interactions through a known spatial weights matrix is often not satisfactory. While existing estimators of spatial weights matrices are based on repeat sales or panel data, this paper takes this approach to a cross-section setting. Specifically, based on an a priori definition of housing submarkets and the assumption of a multifactor model, we develop maximum likelihood methodology to estimate hedonic models that facilitate understanding of both spatial heterogeneity and spatial interactions. The methodology, based on statistical orthogonal factor analysis, is applied to the urban housing market of Aveiro, Portugal at two different spatial scales.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationSt. Andrews
    PublisherScottish Institute for Research in Economics
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NameSIRE Discussion Papers


    • spatial econometrics
    • spatial heterogeneity
    • spatial weights matrix
    • spatial scale
    • hedonic pricing
    • spatial dependence
    • statistical factor analysis


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