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Fly or Cry: Is Airport Noise Costly?

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  • Volker Nitsch

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Airport noise is costly. Airport location is typically associated with lower property prices. Airport expansion often sparks protests by local residents. In this paper, I provide new evidence on the costs of airport-related noise (and other disamenities of airports) for individuals. In contrast to previous work, I analyze voting results on restricting airport operations. Using data from a referendum on the closure of one of Berlin’s inner-city airports, Tempelhof, I find that voting behavior is not primarily explained by exposure to airport disamenities. Rather, strong opposition to closure in the vicinity of Tempelhof indicates that adaptive preferences may be important.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2732.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2732

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Keywords: noise; preferences; traffic; airports;

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  1. Carlsson, Fredrik & Lampi, Elina & Martinsson, Peter, 2004. "Measuring marginal values of noise disturbance from air traffic: Does the time of the day matter?," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 627, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
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  1. Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt & Wolfgang Maennig, 2013. "Homevoters vs. leasevoters: a spatial analysis of airport effects," Working Papers 2013/15, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  2. Yu-Fu Chen & Michael Funke, 2009. "Booms, Recessions and Financial Turmoil: A Fresh Look at Investment Decisions under Cyclical Uncertainty," CESifo Working Paper Series 2759, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt & Wolfgang Maennig, 2013. "External Productivity and Utility Effects of City Airports," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(4), pages 508-529, April.
  4. Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M., 2011. "Blessing or curse? Appreciation, amenities and resistance to urban renewal," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 32-45, January.

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