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External Productivity and Utility Effects of City Airports

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  • Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt
  • Wolfgang Maennig

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Ahlfeldt G. M. and Maennig W. External productivity and utility effects of city airports, Regional Studies . This paper uses a micro-level data set for residential and commercial property transactions to investigate external utility and productivity effects for three (city) airports in Berlin, Germany, in a spatial hedonic analysis. It finds strong evidence of adverse noise effects on property prices and a discontinuity at approximately 55 dB. Marginal price effects decrease significantly in the presence of alternative noise sources, which can lead to biased estimates if the interaction effect is not accounted for appropriately. Given that there is less evidence of positive accessibility effects, the result questions the justification for locating airports in city centres.

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  • Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt & Wolfgang Maennig, 2013. "External Productivity and Utility Effects of City Airports," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(4), pages 508-529, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:47:y:2013:i:4:p:508-529
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2011.581652
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    1. Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M. & Maennig, Wolfgang, 2015. "Homevoters vs. leasevoters: A spatial analysis of airport effects," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(C), pages 85-99.
    2. Dakshina De Silva & Caroline Elliott & Robert Simmons, 2013. "Restaurant wars," Working Papers 44312700, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.
    3. Andreas Mense & Konstantin Kholodilin, 2014. "Noise expectations and house prices: the reaction of property prices to an airport expansion," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 52(3), pages 763-797, May.
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