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Keeping up with the Joneses: Neighborhood effects in housing renovation

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Despite widespread recognition that housing renovation is influenced by “neighborhood effects”, virtually all empirical studies have failed to identify a positive feedback effect between renovation activity and neighborhood quality. By explicitly modeling the spatial interdependence of households' renovation decisions and analyzing a detailed block-level data set, this study finds strong empirical evidence that endogenous neighborhood effects exist as expected. Moreover, by considering four different parameterizations of a “neighborhood set” and comparing the results of these spatial econometric models with a standard OLS estimation, this paper provides insight into some common methodological issues encountered when modeling neighborhood effects.

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  • Helms, Andrew C., 2012. "Keeping up with the Joneses: Neighborhood effects in housing renovation," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1-2), pages 303-313.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:42:y:2012:i:1:p:303-313
    DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2011.07.005
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    Keywords

    Neighborhood effects; Housing renovation; Spatial econometrics;

    JEL classification:

    • R2 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis
    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location

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