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The Nexus between Labour Wages and Property Rents in the Greater China Area

Chong, Terence Tai Leung and Shui, Kenny Chi Wai and Wong, Vivian H (2014): The Nexus between Labour Wages and Property Rents in the Greater China Area. Forthcoming in: China Economic Review

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Abstract

Tse and Chan (2003) investigated the relationship between property sales price and the value of commuting time without accounting for the fact that property sales price is subject to the inherent limitation of containing speculative elements. A better measure to use for such a study would be the rent paid by the genuine end-user of the property. This paper examines how equilibrium rents in different locations within Greater China are determined by the time value, or the shadow wage, of an individual. Using the rental information, we provide a first estimated ratio of time values for individuals in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. Our results show that the shadow wage ratio of the households in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei is about 2.25: 1: 1.61.

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