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The impacts of pollution and exposure pathways on home values: A stated preference analysis

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Hedonic property value methods are an attractive non-market valuation technique. In practice, however, researchers are often forced to make untested assumptions regarding the public's perceptions of the environmental commodity being studied. Stated preference methods offer an opportunity to examine how home values are affected when researchers know exactly what is being valued. A stated preference study is conducted to investigate how people value environmental quality, by measuring impacts on home values from a leaking underground storage tank (LUST). The study incorporates two experimental treatments, expressing environmental risks in terms of (i) the presence of an exposure pathway, and (ii) pollution concentrations. This mimics information provided to Maryland households whose groundwater is actually impacted by a LUST.

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  • Guignet, Dennis, 2012. "The impacts of pollution and exposure pathways on home values: A stated preference analysis," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 53-63.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:82:y:2012:i:c:p:53-63
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.02.033
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    1. Robin R. Jenkins & Dennis Guignet & Patrick J. Walsh, 2014. "Prevention, Cleanup, and Reuse Benefits from the Federal UST Program," NCEE Working Paper Series 201405, National Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revised Nov 2014.
    2. Dennis Guignet & Rachel Northcutt & Patrick J. Walsh, 2015. "The Property Value Impacts of Groundwater Contamination: Agricultural Runoff and Private Wells," NCEE Working Paper Series 201505, National Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revised Nov 2015.
    3. Ludo Peeters & Eloi Schreurs & Steven Passel, 2017. "Heterogeneous Impact of Soil Contamination on Farmland Prices in the Belgian Campine Region: Evidence from Unconditional Quantile Regressions," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 66(1), pages 135-168, January.
    4. repec:eee:regeco:v:69:y:2018:i:c:p:11-24 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Dennis B. Guignet & Adan L. Martinez-Cruz, 2016. "The Impacts of Underground Petroleum Releases on a Homeowner's Decision to Sell: A Difference-in-Differences Approach," NCEE Working Paper Series 201603, National Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revised Jun 2016.
    6. Dennis Guignet & Anna Alberini, 2013. "Can Property Values Capture Changes in Environmental Health Risks? Evidence from a Stated Preference Study in Italy and the UK," Working Papers 2013.67, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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    Keywords

    Home value; Underground storage tank; Groundwater; Stated Preference; Inferred valuation; Remediation benefits;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling

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