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Housing Quality Differentials In Urban Areas

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This paper applies an equilibrium quality theory for differentiated products to estimate the willingness to pay for improvements in the air quality of Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, and Indianapolis. The empirical results show (i) that the structural approach and the standard non-structural approach give very different benefit figures even for small improvements in air quality, and (ii) that a uniform improvement in air quality implies significant distributional effects.

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  • Dimitrios A. Giannias, 1988. "Housing Quality Differentials In Urban Areas," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_4, Levy Economics Institute.
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