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A Theory-Based Approach to Hedonic Price Regressions with Time-Varying Unobserved Product Attributes: The Price of Pollution

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  • Patrick Bajari
  • Jane Cooley
  • Kyoo il Kim
  • Christopher Timmins

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We propose a new strategy for a pervasive problem in the hedonics literature—recovering hedonic prices in the presence of time-varying correlated unobservables. Our approach relies on an assumption about homebuyer rationality, under which prior sales prices can be used to control for time-varying unobservable attributes of the house or neighborhood. Using housing transactions data from California’s Bay Area between 1990 and 2006, we apply our estimator to recover marginal willingness to pay for reductions in three of the EPA’s “criteria” air pollutants. Our findings suggest that ignoring bias from time-varying correlated unobservables considerably understates the benefits of a pollution reduction policy.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 15724.

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Publication status: published as A Theory-Based Approach to Hedonic Price Regression s with Time-Varying Unobserved Product Attributes: The Price of Polluti on (with Jane Cooley, Kyoo- Il Kim, and Christopher Timmins), American Economic Review , 102(5), 1898- 2926, 2012.
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  4. Kelly C. Bishop & Christopher Timmins, 2011. "Hedonic Prices and Implicit Markets: Estimating Marginal Willingness to Pay for Differentiated Products Without Instrumental Variables," NBER Working Papers 17611, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Muehlenbachs, Lucija & Spiller, Elisheba & Timmins, Christopher, . "The Housing Market Impacts of Shale Gas Development," Discussion Papers dp-13-39-rev, Resources For the Future.

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