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A semiparametric hedonic model for valuing wetlands

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A semiparametric hedonic price function is estimated to examine the effects of proximity to wetlands on property values using extensive wetland inventory and housing market data from Portland-Oregon, USA. The semiparametric method used in this study allows for estimation of the hedonic price function with flexible functional form and is computationally easier than most non-parametric models. Four general categories of wetlands - open water, emergent vegetation, forested and scrub shrub wetlands - are differentiated. The results indicate that proximity to open water wetlands has a positive association with property values, while the other types of wetlands have either a negative or insignificant relationship.

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  • Okmyung Bin, 2005. "A semiparametric hedonic model for valuing wetlands," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(10), pages 597-601.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:12:y:2005:i:10:p:597-601
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850500188505
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    1. Lupi, Frank & Graham-Tomasi, Theodore & Taff, Steven J., 1991. "A Hedonic Approach To Urban Wetland Valuation," Staff Papers 13284, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
    2. Carlos Martins-Filho & Okmyung Bin, 2005. "Estimation of hedonic price functions via additive nonparametric regression," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 30(1), pages 93-114, January.
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