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The Effect of Proximity to Cellular Sites on Housing Prices in Israel


  • Elad Demalach

    () (Bank of Israel)

  • David Genesove

    () (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

  • Asaf Zussman

    () (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

  • Noam Zussman

    () (Bank of Israel)


Since the beginning of the 21st century, there has been increasing deployment of cellular antennas in Israel. Such sites may have negative effects on housing prices, due to concern over radiation damage and visual obstruction. This study systematically examines this issue in Israel for the first time, using data on residential transactions and detailed information from the Ministry of Environmental Protection on the deployment of cellular antennas. Housing prices were estimated through hedonic and repeated sales methods that take into account a potential selection bias in the placement of antennas. Cellular antennas were found to have no statistically significant effect on housing prices. The estimates remained insignificant even for proximity to pole antennas, which are naturally more visible.

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  • Elad Demalach & David Genesove & Asaf Zussman & Noam Zussman, 2016. "The Effect of Proximity to Cellular Sites on Housing Prices in Israel," Bank of Israel Working Papers 2016.14, Bank of Israel.
  • Handle: RePEc:boi:wpaper:2016.14

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