Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to estimate the determinants of the retail space rent in Shanghai. Design/methodology/approach – Hedonic model and spatial regression models are used in the paper. The problem of spatial autocorrelation is tested by Moran's I statistics, and the root mean square error (RMSE) test is performed to find out the best model. Findings – The significant explaining variables are the age, the area of retail space, the distance to the Jing An CBD centre, the type of the retail and the district of the property. A new classification of district in retail research context is suggested in this paper, and it is proved to be better than the districts set up by government to explain the retail rent variation. Originality/value – This paper presents the first empirical study about the retail rental market in Shanghai. The research helps retail property investors and retail tenants deepen their understanding of the retail market in Shanghai. Spatial econometrics techniques are first introduced into the empirical retail rent research to produce a more precise estimation.
Journal of Property Investment & Finance – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 27, 2011
Keywords: Retail rent; OLS model; Moran's I; Spatial autocorrelation; Spatial regression model; RMSE test; Rental value; Retailing; China