Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 31–44 | Cite as

Simulating housing prices with UrbanSim: predictive capacity and sensitivity analysis

  • Marko KryvobokovEmail author
  • Aurélie Mercier
  • Alain Bonnafous
  • Dominique Bouf
Original Paper


Housing prices in the Lyon Urban area are simulated with the land use framework UrbanSim interacting with the transportation model MOSART. We focus on the Real Estate Price Model of the UrbanSim framework, which proposes the ordinary least square regression. In our simulation, the alternative geographically weighted regression methodology is applied. The model of housing prices is calibrated using a nine-year back-casting period. The calibrated model, applied in simulation, provides price dynamics similar to actual one in the very centre of Lyon. Farther from the city centre, where the available data on actual sales exist, simulated prices tend to be understated. Thus, mainly only the most central locations manifest realistic price dynamics. Sensitivity analysis demonstrates the model’s ability to capture changes in employment accessibility on price dynamics.


Transportation-land use modelling UrbanSim Real estate price model Geographically weighted regression Validation Sensitivity 

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The study is a part of the project PLAINSUDD (Innovative Numerical Platforms of Urban Simulation for Sustainable Development) sponsored through French ANR (number ANR-08-VD-00). Generation of synthetic population by Wisinee Wisetjindawat, provision of data on real estate prices by Perval and Pierre-Yves Péguy, and calculation of coordinates of real estate objects by Nicolas Ovtracht is acknowledged. The authors thank Mats Wilhelmsson for his suggestion of a temporal price lag. The paper benefited from the valuable comments of anonymous reviewers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marko Kryvobokov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aurélie Mercier
    • 1
  • Alain Bonnafous
    • 1
  • Dominique Bouf
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Transport Economics (LET)Lyon Cedex 07France

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