December, 2015

An Exploratory Study Regarding Whether Greater Labor Freedom Reduces New Home Prices

  • Daniel Bennett

    Research Professor, Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, Baylor University
  • Richard Cebula, Robert Boylan

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In this exploratory eclectic study for the year 2005, we find that the nominal median new house price in any given state was an increasing function of the state’s per capita income, the net immigration rate, the average January temperature, and the degree of urbanization. In addition the evidence strongly suggests that the nominal median new house price in any given state was found to be a decreasing function of both the crime rate and labor market freedom. We believe there is good reason to argue that labor freedom has a significant impact on interstate home price differentials. Our findings suggest that for a one unit increase in labor freedom, ceteris paribus, there is a 23 percent decrease in the interstate home price differentials.