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The Contribution of Environmental Amenities to Low-income Housing: A Comparative Study of Bangkok and Jakarta


  • Randall Crane

    (Departments of Urban Planning and Environmental Analysis, University of California, Irvine, CA92697-7075, USA,

  • Amrita Daniere

    (Department of Geography, 100 St George Street, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3, Canada,

  • Stacy Harwood

    (School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0042, USA,


Central and local governments and their creditors are increasingly interested in cost recovery for public services. These strategies have two aims: increasing revenues and making a better connection between benefits received and consumer bills. This paper estimates a hedonic model for household-level data in a rare contrast of slums in two Asian mega-cities to provide comparative information about how the poor value environmental amenities and basic infrastructure access. The results suggest that slum housing prices do reflect differentials in public service access and that rough estimates of the value of access can be cheaply and usefully obtained for planning purposes.

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  • Randall Crane & Amrita Daniere & Stacy Harwood, 1997. "The Contribution of Environmental Amenities to Low-income Housing: A Comparative Study of Bangkok and Jakarta," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 34(9), pages 1495-1512, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:34:y:1997:i:9:p:1495-1512

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    1. Matias D. Cattaneo & Sebastian Galiani & Paul J. Gertler & Sebastian Martinez & Rocio Titiunik, 2009. "Housing, Health, and Happiness," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, vol. 1(1), pages 75-105, February.
    2. Yusuf, Arief Anshory & Resosudarmo, Budy P., 2009. "Does clean air matter in developing countries' megacities? A hedonic price analysis of the Jakarta housing market, Indonesia," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(5), pages 1398-1407, March.
    3. Nakamura, Shohei, 2017. "Tenure Security Premium in Informal Housing Markets: A Spatial Hedonic Analysis," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 89(C), pages 184-198.
    4. Takeuchi, Akie & Cropper, Maureen & Bento, Antonio, 2006. "The welfare effects of slum improvement programs : the case of Mumbai," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3852, The World Bank.

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