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NIMBYs for the rich and YIMBYs for the poor: Analyzing the property price effects of infill development

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  • Brunes, Fredrik

    () (Department of Real Estate and Construction Management, Royal Institute of Technology)

  • Hermansson, Cecilia

    () (Centre for Banking and Finance, Royal Institute of Technology)

  • Song, Han-Suck

    () (Department of Real Estate and Construction Management, Royal Institute of Technology)

  • Wilhelmsson, Mats

    () (Department of Real Estate and Construction Management, Royal Institute of Technology)

Abstract

A combination of strong urbanization and shortage of land in many European city areas prompts an impetus of infill development, with current residents often raising concerns that infill development leads to lower nearby property prices. The aim of this paper is to analyze how nearby property prices are affected by new construction projects in Stockholm, Sweden. We use a difference-in-difference specification in a hedonic model, and our sample consists of more than 40,000 observations over the period 2005–2013. Our results are robust and indicate that house prices in nearby areas increase following the completion of infill development. Our results also indicate that infill development only has a positive spillover effect on nearby house prices only in areas with lower incomes, more public housing units and more inhabitants born abroad.

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  • Brunes, Fredrik & Hermansson, Cecilia & Song, Han-Suck & Wilhelmsson, Mats, 2016. "NIMBYs for the rich and YIMBYs for the poor: Analyzing the property price effects of infill development," Working Paper Series 16/2, Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Real Estate and Construction Management & Centre for Banking and Finance (cefin).
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    Keywords

    Residential construction; Infill development; NIMBY; YIMBY;

    JEL classification:

    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General

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