Are there irrational bubbles under the high residential housing prices in China’s major cities?
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Arestis, P., & Zhang, S. (2020). Are there irrational bubbles under the high residential housing prices in China’s major cities?. Panoeconomicus, 67 (1), 1-26. https://doi.org/10.2298/PAN2001001A
House prices in the main cities of China have been rising to historically high levels. Unsustainable growth of housing prices might cause financial crises and damage the whole economy. This research aims to detect whether bubbles dominate China’s real estate market. It begins by systematically analysing the features of China’s real estate sector, followed by proposing a theoretical framework to identify the fundamentals of house prices and decompose house prices into cyclical and bubble components. It then applies the vector error correction model and other econometric techniques to testify the theoretical framework with data of seven Chinese cities from 2008M01 to 2017M12. The main findings of this research include the following four parts. Firstly, the residential housing market of Shanghai was exposed to the irrational bubble issue, but the rest six cities examined were at safe positions. Secondly, both long-run and short-run relationships between economic fundamentals and house prices have been verified. Thirdly, economic regulations also have significant effects on house prices. Finally, this research suggests that the root cause of the high housing prices in major cities in China is due to the excessive capital injection into the residential property market.
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.2298/PAN2001001A
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/300529
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