Discrete choice modelling of urban housing markets: a critical review and an application

Yates, J. and Mackay, D. F. (2006) Discrete choice modelling of urban housing markets: a critical review and an application. Urban Studies, 43(3), pp. 559-581. (doi: 10.1080/00420980500533695)

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The housing choice literature is a vast area of housing research which has resulted in giant leaps forward in recent years in terms of its econometric modelling. This is due in large part to the significant increases now available in computing power allowing researchers to combine the latest advances in theory with empirical application. This paper brings together and critically reviews the housing choice literature and techniques that have been used to model the household's housing choice decision. The basic multinomial logit model is reviewed alongside the more recent advances in discrete choice modelling-the nested multinomial logit model and the heteroscedastic extreme value model. The various techniques are illustrated using data from the Australian census of 1986 and 1996 to model housing choice in Sydney. The results show that careful consideration must be given to the assumptions underlying any chosen modelling technique if one is not to draw misleading conclusions from the analysis.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackay, Professor Daniel
Authors: Yates, J., and Mackay, D. F.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
Journal Name:Urban Studies
ISSN (Online):1360-063X

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