The traditional rental adjustment equation is flawed in that the equilibrium paths for the adjustment of rents and vacancy rates cannot hold simultaneously over time. This paper suggests a two-equation model of rental adjustments based on adaptive expectations rather than the single-equation model presented in the traditional literature, and provides empirical tests. Annual data from the housing market in Hong Kong during the 1980-96 period are consistent with the adjustment equation. The results also show that the rate of change of real rents is neutral with respect to inflation.
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|