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Title: An empirical analysis of materials' cost effect in the Malaysian housing market industry using deterministic method: case of Klang Valley


Author: Rajeeshwaran Moorthy


Address: Institutional Research Department, Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa 52142, USA


Abstract: Materials are the essence of the construction industry. Material resource represents a substantial proportion of the total value of the project. Hence, this study is aimed at investigating materials' cost-related factors that cause an increase in housing market prices in the Malaysian construction industry. However, the scope of this paper is limited to investigations in the Klang Valley region only. There is a need to create a specific research model with the aim of identifying specific factors under the materials sector that also provide a more simplified divergent angle of reference. The proposed model is a 'hybrid' version derived from an existing model created by Carr which classifies materials' costs into two types: direct material cost and indirect material cost. It is proposed at the end of the research that material cost does have an effect on the rising price of house in Malaysia.


Keywords: housing materials; material costs; direct costs; indirect costs; Malaysia; housing market; construction industry; house prices.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTGM.2015.071608


Int. J. of Trade and Global Markets, 2015 Vol.8, No.3, pp.266 - 279


Available online: 04 Sep 2015



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