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Urban traffic externalities: quasi-experimental evidence from housing prices

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  • Ioulia Ossokina

    (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis)

  • Gerard Verweij

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This paper exploits a quasi-experiment to value the benefits of reducing urban traffic externalities. As a source of exogenous variation we use the opening of a new bypass in The Hague, the Netherlands, that reduced traffic on a number of local streets, leaving others unaffected. We calculate the effect of the change in traffic nuisance on housing prices and find that a reduction of 50% in traffic density induces a 1% increase in housing prices on average. Reductions in traffic nuisance are valued much more positively when the traffic density is already high. We do not find evidence of anticipation effects up to 3 years before the change. Furthermore, our results indicate that traffic nuisance effects are likely to be biased in cross-sectional studies.

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  • Ioulia Ossokina & Gerard Verweij, 2014. "Urban traffic externalities: quasi-experimental evidence from housing prices," CPB Discussion Paper 267, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
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    1. Louis-Philippe Beland & Daniel A. Brent, 2017. "Traffic and Crime," Departmental Working Papers 2017-02, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.
    2. Sander Hoogendoorn & Joost van Gemeren & Paul Verstraten & Kees Folmer, 2016. "House prices and accessibility: Evidence from a natural experiment in transport infrastructure," CPB Discussion Paper 322, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • R2 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis
    • R4 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics

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