The challenges of measuring the short-term rental market: an analysis of open data on Airbnb activity

Wang, Y. , Livingston, M. , McArthur, D. P. and Bailey, N. (2023) The challenges of measuring the short-term rental market: an analysis of open data on Airbnb activity. Housing Studies, (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2023.2176829) (Early Online Publication)

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The past decade has seen the growth of Short-Term Lets (STLs) through Airbnb and other platforms. Measuring the scale of this activity is challenging as platforms appear unwilling to share data. Most research on Airbnb uses data from commercial sources but this raises issues of equity in access and transparency. Open data exist, but geographic and temporal coverage is limited. We consider whether these open data can be used to study the STLs sector, using a city in Scotland. Using 2017 data to construct: (i) property-level estimates of income; and (ii) through comparisons with rents in the long-term rental market, an area-level vulnerability index to identify neighbourhoods at greatest risk of properties switching from long-term to short-term renting. This index is strongly associated with the growth of Airbnb listings over two years. We conclude that open data can provide a valuable basis for research and policy. We discuss strategies for improving knowledge about this sector including through new data collection.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Livingston, Dr Mark and Mcarthur, Dr David and Bailey, Professor Nick and Wang, Dr Yang
Authors: Wang, Y., Livingston, M., McArthur, D. P., and Bailey, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-1810
Published Online:15 February 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Housing Studies 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
190698Urban Big Data Research CentreNick BaileyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/L011921/1S&PS - Urban Big Data
304042UBDC Centre TransitionNick BaileyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/S007105/1S&PS - Administration