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Dr Iqbal Syed

Senior Lecturer

School of Economics and Finance

Iqbal Syed works primarily in the areas of real estate economics and finance, urban economics, and economic measurements and index numbers. He has developed hedonic methodologies with applications to constructing price indexes for supermarket and high-tech products, international comparisons of prices and incomes, and residential and commercial property markets. He has worked on housing markets, investigating property valuations in relation to equilibrium using price-to-rent ratios, price and rent indexes, and the user cost formula. His future research directions include the investigation of links between property markets and credit markets, taxation, demographic composition, incomes and the macroeconomy.

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Real estate economics and finance; Urban economics

Applied econometrics; Measurement economics


Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Applied Economics (140200):
Built Environment And Design (120000):
Econometric and Statistical Methods (140302): Econometrics (140300): Economics (140000):
Housing Markets, Development, Management (120503):
Urban and Regional Economics (140218):
Urban and Regional Planning (120500)

Research Outputs


Melser, D., & Syed, IA. (2017). The product life cycle and sample representativity bias in price indexes. Applied Economics. 49(6), 573-586 Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2016.1203060
[Journal article]Authored by: Syed, I.
Syed, IA., & De Haan, J. (2017). Age, time, vintage, and price indexes: Measuring the depreciation pattern of houses. Economic Inquiry. 55(1), 580-600 Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecin.12383/epdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Syed, I.
Melser, D., & Syed, IA. (2016). Life cycle price trends and product replacement: Implications for the measurement of inflation. Review of Income and Wealth. 62(3), 509-533
[Journal article]Authored by: Syed, I.
Hill, RJ., & Syed, IA. (2016). Hedonic price-rent ratios, user cost, and departures from equilibrium in the housing market. Regional Science and Urban Economics. 56(2), 60-72 Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166046215000939?via=ihub
[Journal article]Authored by: Syed, I.
Fox, K., & Syed, IA. (2016). Price discounts and the measurement of inflation. Journal of Econometrics. 191(2), 398-406 Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304407615002869?via=ihub
[Journal article]Authored by: Syed, I.
Hill, R., & Syed, IA. (2015). Improving international comparisons of prices at basic heading level: An application to the Asia-pacific region. Review of Income and Wealth. 61(3), 515-539 Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/roiw.12116/epdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Syed, I.
Hill, R., Melser, D., & Syed, IA. (2009). Measuring a Boom and Bust: The Sydney Housing Market 2001-2006. Journal of Housing Economics. 18(3), 193-205
[Journal article]Authored by: Syed, I.


Fox, K., & Syed, I.(2016). Price discounts and the measurement of inflation: Further results. (Report No. 2016 ECON 05). Sydney, Australia: UNSW Business School
[Technical Report]Authored by: Syed, I.
Syed, IA.(2015). Sales spotter: An algorithm to identify sale prices in point-of-sale data. Sydney, Australia: UNSW Business School
[Technical Report]Authored by: Syed, I.
Hill, R., & Syed, IA.(2012). Accounting for unrepresentative products and urban-rural price differences in international comparisons of real income: An application to the Asia-Pacific region. Graz ,Austria: University of Graz
[Technical Report]Authored by: Syed, I.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 3 0

Courses Coordinated

  • 127.245 Introduction to Property Finance and Investment
  • 127.342 Applied Property Finance and Investment

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Thi Thu Ha Nguyen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Ripple effect on housing prices among New Zealand regions
  • Nicolle Montgomery - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Impact of Institutional Environments on Real Estate Crowdfunding: A Comparative Investigation of USA, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • David White - Doctor of Philosophy
    Whether behavioural approaches to economics and finance provide a useful explanation of consumer behaviour in relation to defining and measuring housing affordability in New Zealand.

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