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Spatially Delineated Public Goods and Spatially Located Public Bads: A Hedonic Approach to Measuring Urban Revitalization

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  • Brown, John
  • Geoghegan, Jacqueline

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A regression discontinuity approach is used to measure the impact of public-goods creating programs in a declining inner city neighborhood of Worcester Massachusetts. Using GIS data, we develop a hedonic model of residential sales, using a parcel-level GIS tax assessment and land use database linked to property sales data for the years 1988 through 2007, to test the effect of the creation of a new high-performing public school, as well as other locational amenities and disamenities on neighborhood housing prices, by comparing properties adjacent to either side of the school catchment area boundary.

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  • Brown, John & Geoghegan, Jacqueline, 2011. "Spatially Delineated Public Goods and Spatially Located Public Bads: A Hedonic Approach to Measuring Urban Revitalization," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 40(3), December.
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    1. Lynch, Lori & Geoghegan, Jacqueline, 2011. "FOREWORD: The Economics of Land Use Change: Advancing the Frontiers," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 40(3), December.

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