Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Richard C.K. Burdekin

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This paper uses data collected from the National Interbank Funding Center of China, the People’s Bank of China, the National Bureau of Statistics, and Bloomberg starting in October 2006 through 2013 to test the economic fundamental’s affecting the housing market in Shanghai, particularly interest rates. This study finds that the 6- month duration Shibor has a negative and significant correlation with house price growth in Shanghai when lagged 4 months. The analysis continues by examining other economic fundamentals affecting house price growth, finding growth in inflation, the money supply and Shanghai real estate investment to have significant, positive relationships with the housing market in China. GDP and the national state balance, on the other hand, have negative and significant relationships with house price growth. The Shanghai stock exchange was found to have no significant impact on the housing market over the time period. The sample period is limited to 87 observations due to the relatively recent development of Shibor for a benchmark interest rate.