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Concentration and Market Structure in Local Real Estate Markets
Real Estate Economics (2012)
  • Jason Beck
  • Frank Scott, University of Kentucky
  • Aaron Yelowitz, University of Kentucky

The competitiveness of the residential real estate brokerage industry has attracted much attention. Anecdotal evidence suggests some local markets are concentrated, yet no systematic market structure study has been conducted. We collected cross-sectional data on real estate brokers in 90 diverse markets across the United States and collected longitudinal data for Louisville, Kentucky. In medium and large markets, no evidence exists that market concentration might create problems for competition. Small markets, on average, have higher Herfindahl-Hirschman Indexes than medium and large markets. The longitudinal data reveal that many small brokers sell a house or two one year and none the next year.

Publication Date
Fall 2012
Citation Information
Jason Beck, Frank Scott and Aaron Yelowitz. "Concentration and Market Structure in Local Real Estate Markets" Real Estate Economics Vol. 40 Iss. 3 (2012)
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