An hierarchical approach to the segmentation of residential demand: theory and application

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Abstract

Despite its importance for housing-market forecasts, residential demand segmentation has received only little systematic scrutiny. In this paper a hierarchical approach is proposed whereby households are segmented by three levels determined by the likelihood of household shifting among strata as defined within the level. First, households are differentiated according to societal constraints. Second, groups facing similar constraints are stratified according to their situation, which includes their stage in the life cycle and income. An empirical comparison of a hierarchical segmentation which includes life-style elements (the least understood level of the hierarchy) with cross-sectional sociodemographic segmentation shows the hierarchical approach to perform better on several criteria. -from Author

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)553-569
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

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