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Estimating non-marginal willingness to pay for railway noise abatement: Application of the two-step hedonic regression technique

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  • Andersson, Henrik
  • Jonsson, Lina
  • Ögren, Mikael
  • Swärdh, Jan-Erik

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In this study we estimate the demand for peace and quiet, and thus also the willingness to pay for railway noise abatement, based on both steps of the hedonic model regression on property prices. The estimated demand relationship suggests welfare gains for a 1 dB reduction of railway noise as; USD 162 per individual per year at the baseline noise level of 71 dB, and USD 86 at the baseline noise level of 61 dB. Below a noise level of 49.1 dB, individuals have no willingness to pay for railway noise abatement. Our results also show the risk of using benefit transfer, i.e. we show empirically that the estimated implicit price for peace and quiet differs substantially across the housing markets. From a policy perspective our results are useful, not only for benefit-cost analysis, but also as the monetary component on infrastructure use charges that internalize the noise externality.

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Paper provided by Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in its series TSE Working Papers with number 12-360.

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Keywords: Benefits transfer; Hedonic regression; Railway noise; Willingness to pay;

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