Uncertainty, expectations and behavioural aspects of housing market choice

Marsh, A. and Gibb, K. (2011) Uncertainty, expectations and behavioural aspects of housing market choice. Housing, Theory and Society, 28(3), pp. 215-235. (doi: 10.1080/14036096.2011.599182)

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Housing is a complex commodity and housing market choices carry with them substantial economic and social consequences for the households making them. Housing market decisions are complex, uncertain and involve expectations-formation. Standard economic theory – in the guise of expected utility theory – is particularly ill-suited as the basis for understanding such complexity. This paper therefore explores alternative avenues for potential development, reviewing the key characteristics of owner-occupied housing markets and housing search, and examining how the resources of institutional and behavioural economics could be used to inform our understanding of the residential mobility process. The paper concludes by outlining an agenda for empirical research.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gibb, Professor Ken
Authors: Marsh, A., and Gibb, K.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing, Theory and Society
Published Online:09 September 2011

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