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Title: Measuring housing quality in the absence of a monetized real estate market
Authors: Ronald Rindfuss
Martin Piotrowski
Varachai Thongthai
Pramote Prasartkul
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma
Mahidol University
Keywords: Arts and Humanities;Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2007
Citation: Population Studies. Vol.61, No.1 (2007), 35-52
Abstract: Measuring housing quality or value or both has been a weak component of demographic and development research in less developed countries that lack an active real estate (housing) market. We describe a new method based on a standardized subjective rating process. It is designed to be used in settings that do not have an active, monetized housing market. The method is applied in an ongoing longitudinal study in north-east Thailand and could be straightforwardly used in many other settings. We develop a conceptual model of the process whereby households come to reside in high-quality or low-quality housing units. We use this theoretical model in conjunction with longitudinal data to show that the new method of measuring housing quality behaves as theoretically expected, thus providing evidence of face validity.
ISSN: 14774747
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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