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Evidence on the Amenity Value of Wetlands in a Rural Setting

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  • Bin, Okmyung
  • Polasky, Stephen

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This study uses a hedonic property price method to estimate how wetlands affect residential property values in a rural area. The study utilizes wetland inventory data coupled with extensive property sales records between January 2000 and September 2004 from Carteret County, NC. Our results indicate that i) a higher wetland percentage within a quarter mile of a property, ii) closer proximity to the nearest wetland, and iii) larger size of the nearest wetland are associated with lower residential property values. These results contrast with previous hedonic studies that use data from urban areas, which found positive associations between wetland and property values. The amenity value of wetlands appears to depend at least as much on the characteristics of the area being considered as it does on the characteristics of the wetlands.

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Article provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 37 (2005)
Issue (Month): 03 (December)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:42789

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Keywords: hedonic prices; housing market; rural area; wetlands; D12; Q24; Q26; R21;

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