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The nascent market for “green” real estate in Beijing

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  • Zheng, Siqi
  • Wu, Jing
  • Kahn, Matthew E.
  • Deng, Yongheng

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In recent years, formal certification programs for rating and evaluating the sustainability and energy efficiency of buildings have proliferated around the world. Developers recognize that such “green labels” differentiate products and allow them to charge a price premium. China has not formally adopted such rating standards. In the absence of such standards, developers are competing with each other based on their own self-reported indicators of their buildings’ “greenness”. We create an index using Google search to rank housing complexes in Beijing with respect to their “marketing greenness” and document that these “green” units sell for a price premium at the presale stage but they subsequently resell or rent for a price discount. An introduction of a standardized official certification program would help “green” demanders to acquire units that they desire and would accelerate the advance of China’s nascent green real estate market.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 56 (2012)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 974-984

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:56:y:2012:i:5:p:974-984

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Keywords: Green building; Energy efficiency; Environmental sustainability; Information asymmetry; CHINA housing market;

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    by Matthew Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2013-04-08 15:50:00
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    by Matthew Kahn in Urbanization Project on 2013-04-09 23:17:09
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  1. Horváth, Áron & Kiss, Hubert János & McLean, Aliz, 2013. "Hat-e a lakóingatlanok árára az energiahatékonyság?
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    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(9), pages 1025-1042.
  2. Deng, Yongheng & Li, Zhiliang & Quigley, John M., 2012. "Economic returns to energy-efficient investments in the housing market: Evidence from Singapore," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 506-515.
  3. Jing Wu & Yongheng Deng & Jun Huang & Randall Morck & Bernard Yeung, 2013. "Incentives and Outcomes: China’s Environmental Policy," NBER Working Papers 18754, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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