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Lake Rehabilitation and the Value of Shoreline Real Estate: Evidence from Delavan, Wisconsin

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  • Kashian, Russ

    (U WI, Whitewater)

  • Eiswerth, Mark E.

    (U WI, Whitewater)

  • Skidmore, Mark

    (U WI, Whitewater)

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In this article we use the hedonic price model to estimate the effect of a change in water quality on the value of real estate in the lake community of Delavan, Wisconsin. Hedonic techniques show that a $7 million rehabilitation program significantly increased Delavan Lake shoreline property values. Existing research demonstrates that the use of objective water quality measures (as opposed to subjective measures) is important for estimating the implicit value of water quality in hedonic analyses. This article provides new evidence on the economic benefits of clean water by measuring the change in property values attributed to an observable rehabilitation event.

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  • Kashian, Russ & Eiswerth, Mark E. & Skidmore, Mark, 2006. "Lake Rehabilitation and the Value of Shoreline Real Estate: Evidence from Delavan, Wisconsin," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 36(2), pages 221-238.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:36:y:2006:i:2:p:221-38
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    1. Mahesh, Ramachandran, 2015. "Validating Spatial Hedonic Modeling with a Behavioral Approach: Measuring the Impact of Water Quality Degradation on Coastal Housing Markets," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205664, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Hodge, Timothy R., 2011. "The Effect of Ethanol Plants on Residential Property Values: Evidence from Michigan," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 41(2).
    3. repec:gam:jsusta:v:10:y:2018:i:2:p:500-:d:131729 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Hedonic; Real Estate; Water;

    JEL classification:

    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets

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