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Expropriation risk and housing prices: Evidence from an emerging market

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  • Contreras, Víctor
  • Garay, Urbi
  • Santos, Miguel Angel
  • Betancourt, Cosme
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    This paper examines the microeconomic determinants of residential real estate prices in Caracas, Venezuela, using a private database containing 17,526 transactions from 2008 to 2009. The particular institutional characteristics of many countries in Latin America, and Venezuela in particular, where land invasions and expropriations (with only partial compensation) have been common threats to property owners, provide us with an opportunity to test the effects of these risks on housing prices using a unique database. The effect of these risks on property prices is negative and significant. To our knowledge, this is the first attempt to quantify these impacts in the Hedonic pricing literature applied to real estate. Size, the number of parking spaces, the age of the property, the incidence of crime, and the average income in the neighborhood are significant determinants of prices. Finally, this paper analyzes the microeconomic determinants of housing prices at the municipal level.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Research.

    Volume (Year): 67 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 935-942

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:67:y:2014:i:5:p:935-942

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    Keywords: Real estate prices; Hedonic pricing model; Expropriations; Venezuela;

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