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Semiparametric hedonic price models: assessing the effects of agricultural nonpoint source pollution


  • Christophe Bontemps

    (Toulouse School of Economics, GREMAQ-INRA, Toulouse, France)

  • Michel Simioni

    (Toulouse School of Economics, GREMAQ-INRA, Toulouse, France)

  • Yves Surry

    (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden)


In the area of environmental analysis using hedonic price models, we investigate the performance of various nonparametric and semiparametric specifications. The proposed model specifications are made up of two parts: a linear component for house characteristics and a non-(semi)parametric component representing the nonlinear influence of environmental indicators on house prices. We adopt a general-to-specific search procedure, based on recent specification tests comparing the proposed specifications with a fully nonparametric benchmark model, to select the best model specification. An application of these semiparametric models to rural districts indicates that pollution resulting from intensive livestock farming has a significant nonlinear impact on house prices. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Christophe Bontemps & Michel Simioni & Yves Surry, 2008. "Semiparametric hedonic price models: assessing the effects of agricultural nonpoint source pollution," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 23(6), pages 825-842.
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:23:y:2008:i:6:p:825-842
    DOI: 10.1002/jae.1022

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    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • R32 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Other Spatial Production and Pricing Analysis
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General


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