Cross-city spillovers in Chinese housing markets: From a city network perspective

Yunlong Gong, Jan de Haan, Peter Boelhouwer

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Cross-city spillovers among housing markets are usually modelled by the classical spatial autoregressive models, which usually suffer from identification problems in practice. This paper investigates the cross-city house price spillovers arising from city network externalities wherein a city's connections with other cities in the urban network create the external house price premium through productivity and amenity gains. Using a cross-sectional data set for an urban system in eastern China, we present significant evidence for positive network spillovers by the application of spatial lag of X model and spatial Durbin error model. Besides, common shocks are also proved to be responsible for cross-city dependence of house prices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1065-1085
Number of pages21
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • China
  • city network externalities
  • house prices
  • spatial econometrics
  • spillovers

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