Hedonic Price Analysis and the residential location choice

August 22. – August 24. 2018.
The aim of this summer school is to provide an introduction to hedonic price analysis, residential location choice and their use in policy evaluation.


Wednesday August 22 – Friday August 24 2018

The Kraks Fond, Institute for Urban Economic Research

Jan Rouwendal (VUA) and Ismir Mulalic (DTU and Kraks Fond)

Fæstningens Materialgård, Copenhagen, Denmark

No fee


Property value hedonics is the workhorse model for valuation of local public goods and urban amenities. The recent literature has emphasized the importance of controlling for omitted variables and connected hedonic price analysis with the project evaluation literature that focuses on measurement of causal effects.

The hedonic price function describes a price equilibrium on a market for a heterogeneous commodity, without describing the underlying forces of demand and supply. Models of residential location choice provide a structural description of the market which opens up the possibility for doping counterfactual (policy) analysis. The recent literature has demonstrated that household location choices are not only affected by the accessibility to employment opportunities but also by accessibility to urban amenities.

What you will learn

In this three-day program students will receive an introduction to current practice in using hedonic price analysis and residential sorting models. The emphasis will be on empirical work and three tutorials will offer the student the possibility to work with these methods.

The course will examine subjects such as the importance of using ‘fixed effects’ to control for omitted variables, the importance of heterogeneity in the marginal willingness to pay of economic agents for amenities and the significance of household (re)location choices and price adjustments in assessing the impact of, for instance, a change in the public transport network.

After taking this course the student will be able to carry out a hedonic price analysis, assess the importance of heterogeneity in willingness to pay for local amenities and to set up and estimate a horizontal (logit-based) residential sorting model.


Day 1
Lecture: Hedonic price analysis
Tutorials: Estimating hedonic price functions using OLS

Day 2
Lecture: Hedonic prices and sorting
Tutorials: Estimating a semi-parametric hedonic price function and assessing heterogeneity in the mwtp

Day 3
Lecture: Residential location choice
Tutorials: Estimating a logit-based sorting model using a two-step procedure with instrumental variables.

Study load and tutorials

The summer school consists of lectures and tutorials. On three working days, there will be 3 lectures of 3 hours in the morning and 3 tutorials of 3 hours in the afternoon. In the tutorial sessions, students have the opportunity to consolidate the material from the lectures. The approach is problem-based. The lectures will introduce the examples and the required programming tools. The participants will use their own laptop computers during the lab sessions.

Who should attend?

The summer school offers research-oriented teaching by experts in their fields. It seeks to gather current and recent Master students, PhD students, Post-doctoral students, Academics, as well as Professionals. Applicants for this summer course must be at least graduate (Master) students entering their 4th or 5th year. Students from any major are welcome to apply but knowledge of basic micro economics and econometrics (regression analysis and elementary discrete choice modelling) are required. A general interest in the urban economics and an open mind are necessary. Informal assessment and certificates of attendance are issued to each student.

Deadline for application

The deadline for application submission for the summer school is June 4, 2018.
The application should include:

  • applicant’s full CV, and
  • a brief motivation letter (in English, maximum 1 standard page).

E-mail the application to Marie Lundbo, Project manager (the Kraks Fond) mlu@kraksfond.dk

After June 4, the Admissions Committee will assess all of the applications and choose the best 20 applicants from the pool of applications.

All students will be informed of their admission or rejection no later than June 18, 2018.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact:
– Ismir Mulalic, Associate Professor (Technical University of Denmark) and Senior Fellow (the Kraks Fond) ismu@dtu.dk
– Marie Lundbo, Project manager (the Kraks Fond) mlu@kraksfond.dk