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Urban Growth Boundary and Housing Prices: The Case of Knox County, Tennessee


  • Cho, Seong-Hoon

    (U TN)

  • Chen, Zhuo

    (Chicago Center of Excellence in Health Promotion Economics, U Chicago)

  • Yen, Steven T.

    (U TN)


This study tests the hypothesis that a higher present value of expected rental stream of undeveloped land in the urban growth area influences the effect of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) on the values of newly developed houses in Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee. We estimate a version of the Box-Cox (BC) transformed hedonic housing price model, which accommodates both non-normality and heteroskedasticity in the stochastic error term. The finding of this study verifies the premise that the values of newly developed houses after the implementation of a UGB are likely to be higher within the urban growth area than those outside, all other things equal.

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  • Cho, Seong-Hoon & Chen, Zhuo & Yen, Steven T., 2008. "Urban Growth Boundary and Housing Prices: The Case of Knox County, Tennessee," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 38(1), pages 29-44.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:38:y:2008:i:1:p:29-44

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    Hedonic; Housing;

    JEL classification:

    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets
    • R52 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Land Use and Other Regulations


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