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What are the effects of contamination risks on commercial and industrial properties? evidence from Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Alberto Longo
  • Anna Alberini

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Using the hedonic pricing approach, this paper investigates how the information released on public registries of contaminated and potentially contaminated sites affects nearby commercial and industrial properties in Baltimore, Maryland. The study found that industrial properties are virtually unaffected by proximity to a site with a history of contamination, while commercial properties do suffer an external cost due to the proximity to a contaminated site. This external cost is not cleared once the site has been cleaned up or has been pronounced to be harmless. It also found that the impacts of urban economic development policies, such as Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Zones, have had positive effects on industrial property values, but less so on commercial properties. In sum, brownfield properties in Baltimore are not particularly attractive investments for developers, and there is little potential for self-sustaining clean-up based on appropriate fiscal incentives, such as Tax Increment Financing. It is doubtful that 'one size fits all' measures to encourage the clean-up of contaminated sites can be successful in this context.

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  • Alberto Longo & Anna Alberini, 2006. "What are the effects of contamination risks on commercial and industrial properties? evidence from Baltimore, Maryland," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(5), pages 713-737.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:49:y:2006:i:5:p:713-737
    DOI: 10.1080/09640560600850028
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    1. Lovell, Sabrina J. & Lynch, Lori, 2002. "Hedonic Price Analysis Of Easement Payments In Agricultural Land Preservation Programs," Working Papers 28564, University of Maryland, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
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    1. Anna Alberini, 2007. "Determinants And Effects On Property Values Of Participation In Voluntary Cleanup Programs: The Case Of Colorado," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 25(3), pages 415-432, July.
    2. Robin R. Jenkins & Elizabeth Kopits & David Simpson, 2006. "Measuring the Social Benefits of EPA Land Cleanup and Reuse Programs," NCEE Working Paper Series 200603, National Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revised Sep 2006.
    3. Stefania Tonin & Margherita Turvani, 2011. "Environmental contamination and industrial real estate market: an application of hedonic price method in Italy," ERSA conference papers ersa10p511, European Regional Science Association.
    4. Longo, Alberto & Hutchinson, W. George & Hunter, Ruth F. & Tully, Mark A. & Kee, Frank, 2015. "Demand response to improved walking infrastructure: A study into the economics of walking and health behaviour change," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 143(C), pages 107-116.
    5. Marie Howland, 2007. "Employment Effects of Brownfield Redevelopment What Do We Know from the Literature?," NCEE Working Paper Series 200701, National Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revised Jan 2007.
    6. Douglas Noonan & Douglas Krupka, 2010. "Determinants of historic and cultural landmark designation: why we preserve what we preserve," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 34(1), pages 1-26, February.
    7. repec:bla:coecpo:v:35:y:2017:i:1:p:143-164 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Alberini, Anna, 2006. "Determinants and Effects on Property Values of Participation in Voluntary Cleanup Programs: The Case of Colorado," Sustainability Indicators and Environmental Valuation Working Papers 12215, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM).

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    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • R33 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Nonagricultural and Nonresidential Real Estate Markets

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