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Chance favours the prepared mind: What linked micro data can tell us about the housing market

Perttu Korhonen

Good analysis requires new discoveries, creativity, even luck. But innovation is not just a matter of chance  — it favours those who are ready for it, which in this case means having the right data. Utilising micro-data to answer new and different questions is a good start, but the next step is to link such item-level information from various sources together. That way we can create analytical opportunities beyond the sum of the parts. In this post I show how a unique linked dataset on the UK housing market reveals that buy-to-let buyers secure a  greater discount from the asking price than other buyers.

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