The Price-Rent ratio inequality in Scottish Cities: Fluctuations in discount rates and expected rent growth

Dooruj Rambaccussing (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

The price to rent ratio can be used to identify properties which are either overvalued or undervalued according to market fundamentals. Fluctuations in the price to rent ratio over time, can be traced to either changes in expectations of future house price growth (expected returns) or rental growth. In this paper, we measure the impact of these latent variables in Scotland’s main cities by implementing a state space model based on the present value. The model estimates show that the proportion of expected rent growth and expected returns driving the price to rent ratio differs across Scotland. Glasgow seems to be driven mostly by expected returns, while rent growth drives price movements in Edinburgh. A geographic dimension is noted as cities on the East coast share similar expected returns and expected rent growth. Housing market trends in Scotland mostly follow the Edinburgh experience. Further decompositions show that house price changes are driven by an equal combination of expected rent growth and expected returns in Dundee and Aberdeen.
Original languageEnglish
Article number117
Number of pages15
JournalSN Business and Economics
Volume1
Early online date16 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • State-Space model
  • Present Value
  • Scottish Cities
  • Housing Markets
  • Rent
  • Geography

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