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The Effect of Conservation Activity on Surrounding Land Prices

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  • John F. Chamblee
  • Peter F. Colwell
  • Carolyn A. Dehring
  • Craig A. Depken

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This paper presents an empirical analysis of the structure of land prices both before and after land conservation occurs. Using data describing 12 years of vacant land transactions in Buncombe County, North Carolina, we find that fee simple conservations, as opposed to conservation easements, occur in higher-priced areas, but that lower-valued parcels within these areas are selected for conservation. We find positive price effects from land conservation of 46%. This premium declines with distance from the conserved parcel but does so to a lesser extent with easements, perhaps suggesting the market’s perception that conservation easements are more permanent than parcels conserved in fee.

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  • John F. Chamblee & Peter F. Colwell & Carolyn A. Dehring & Craig A. Depken, 2011. "The Effect of Conservation Activity on Surrounding Land Prices," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 87(3), pages 453-472.
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    1. Kathrine von Graevenitz & Toke Emil Panduro, 2015. "An Alternative to the Standard Spatial Econometric Approaches in Hedonic House Price Models," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 91(2), pages 386-409.
    2. John Chamblee & Carolyn Dehring & Craig Depken & Joseph Nicholson, 2015. "Water Contamination, Land Prices, and the Statute of Repose," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 51(3), pages 398-414, October.
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    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects

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