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1 March 2010

 Lunchtime seminar:
Measuring Property Prices
Seminar in memory of Svein Longva
(former Director General of Statistics Norway)

23 February 2010, 1:50 - 3:00 pm
Conference Room 3 (TNLB)
United Nations, New York

The lunchtime seminar organized by the Statistics Norway will provide a forum to discuss measurement issues related to the compilation of property price indices. The recent financial crisis, housing price bubbles and the subsequent collapse of housing markets point to the importance of compiling accurate and comparable property price indices across countries.

The lunchtime seminar is organized in memory of Svein Longva, who dedicated his entire professional life to official statistics. He spent more than 30 years working in Statistics Norway, the last fourteen of which as its Director General. Svein Longva held distinguished positions in the international statistical community. During his professional career, he was concerned with the importance of having accurate measurement of property prices, a topic of high relevance today.

Organizer: Statistics Norway


Opening remarks and introduction
Svein Longva’s professional career and contribution to property price indices

ōystein Olsen, Director General, Statistics Norway

  • Abstract

    Overview of the family of property price indices and their importance
    Olav Ljones, Assistant Director-General, Statistics Norway

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  • Paper
  • Presentation

    Recent development in measuring property prices
    J. Steven Landefeld, Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis, USA

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    Statistical and measurement issues arising from the preparation of an International Statistical Handbook on Residential Property Price Indices
    Geert Bruinooge, Deputy Director-General, Statistics Netherlands

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    Questions and general discussion


    Useful link:
    Eurostat-IAOS-IFC Conference on Residential Property Price Indices: (