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Immigration and property prices: Evidence from England and Wales

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  • Braakmann, Nils

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This paper investigates the link between immigration and property prices in England and Wales. Evidence from fixed effects and shift-share-based instrumental variable regressions suggests that an increase in the regional share of migrants (a) decreases prices at the lower end of the distribution up to the median and (b) has (almost) no effect on mean property prices or prices above the median. I also provide evidence on two mechanisms that explain these effects: (c) natives move out of regions as immigration increases and (d) the number of persons per room increases with the share of immigrants.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 49423.

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Keywords: immigration; property prices; housing market; England; Wales;

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