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Unlocking Amenities: Estimating Public-Good Complementarity

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  • David Albouy
  • Peter Christensen
  • Ignacio Sarmiento-Barbieri

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Public goods may exhibit complementarities that are essential for determining their individual value. Our results indicate that improving safety near parks can turn them from public bads to goods. Ignoring complementarities may lead to i) undervaluing the potential value of public goods; ii) overestimating heterogeneity in preferences; and iii) understating the value of public goods to minority households. Recent reductions in crime have “unlocked” $5 billion in property value in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. Still over half of the potential value of park proximity, over $10 billion, remains locked in.

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  • David Albouy & Peter Christensen & Ignacio Sarmiento-Barbieri, 2018. "Unlocking Amenities: Estimating Public-Good Complementarity," NBER Working Papers 25107, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
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