Towards a Monotonicity-Compliant Price Index for the Art Market
15 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2020
Date Written: March 18, 2014
Notwithstanding almost forty years of efforts, the market for paintings still lacks a widely accepted price index. In this paper, we introduce a simple and intuitive metric to construct such index. Our metric is based on the price of a painting divided by its area. This formulation rests on a solid mathematical foundation as it corresponds to a particular type of hedonic model. However, unlike indexes based on the time-dummy coefficients of conventional hedonic models, this index satisfies the monotonicity condition. We demonstrate with a simple example the advantages of our metric. We also show the dangers of relying on the time-dummy coefficients of conventional hedonic models to estimate returns and generate price indexes.
Keywords: Art Markets, Hedonic Pricing Models, Pricing Indexes
JEL Classification: C20, D44, C43, Z10
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