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Meta-Functional Transfer of Hedonic Property Values: Application to Great Lakes Areas of Concern


  • Braden, John B.
  • Feng, Xia
  • Freitas, Luiz
  • Won, DooHwan


This paper explores the use of functional benefits transfer to forecast the effects of waste sites on property values. The results of a meta-analysis of hedonic studies of waste sites are coupled with spatial analysis techniques to produce estimates of the effects of toxic contamination in Areas of Concern (AOCs) in the U.S. Great Lakes. Based on U.S. Census data for median home values, the methods used here suggest that approximately $5.2 billion (2005 dollars) have been lost in residential property values surrounding twenty-three of the AOCs. This compares to estimates that place the cost of remediation of all U.S. AOCs at up to $4.5 billion (2005 dollars). The case study also identifies issues surrounding the use of a meta-analysis with hedonic property value studies to support functional transfer.

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  • Braden, John B. & Feng, Xia & Freitas, Luiz & Won, DooHwan, 2010. "Meta-Functional Transfer of Hedonic Property Values: Application to Great Lakes Areas of Concern," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 39(1), February.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:59339

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