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The Effect Of Legalizing Retail Marijuana On Housing Values: Evidence From Colorado

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  • Cheng Cheng
  • Walter J. Mayer
  • Yanling Mayer

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Does legalizing retail marijuana generate more benefits than costs? This paper provides a first step toward addressing that question by measuring the benefits and costs that are capitalized into housing values. We exploit the time‐series and cross‐sectional variations in the adoption of Colorado's municipality retail marijuana laws (RMLs) and examine the effect on housing values with a difference‐in‐differences strategy. Our estimates show that the legalization leads to an average 6% increase in housing values, indicating that the capitalized benefits outweigh the costs. In addition, we find suggestive evidence that this relatively large housing value appreciation is likely due to RMLs inducing strong housing demand while having no discernible effect on housing supply. Finally, we show that the effect of RMLs is heterogeneous across locations and property types. (JEL K20, R28)

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  • Cheng Cheng & Walter J. Mayer & Yanling Mayer, 2018. "The Effect Of Legalizing Retail Marijuana On Housing Values: Evidence From Colorado," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 56(3), pages 1585-1601, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:56:y:2018:i:3:p:1585-1601
    DOI: 10.1111/ecin.12556
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    • K20 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - General
    • R28 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Government Policy

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