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Do short-term rent platforms affect rents? Evidence from Airbnb in Barcelona


  • Segú, Mariona


Peer-to-peer platforms such as airbnb have recently entered the market thanks to the development of new technologies and their influence on traditional markets remains still understudied. Similarly, the multiplicity of local regulations adopted by big touristic cities in developed countries shows a lack of consensus both on the consequences and on the role of regulation. However, the actual impact of airbnb’s market entry on rents remains still unknown. I assess the causal impact of the beginning of airbnb’s economic activity on housing rents for the city of Barcelona using a Bartiklike instrumental strategy. Results suggest that airbnb is responsible for a 4% increase in rents.

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  • Segú, Mariona, 2018. "Do short-term rent platforms affect rents? Evidence from Airbnb in Barcelona," MPRA Paper 84369, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:84369

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    1. Victor Couture & Jessie Handbury, 2017. "Urban Revival in America, 2000 to 2010," NBER Working Papers 24084, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Baum-Snow, Nathaniel & Hartley, Daniel, 2016. "Accounting for Central Neighborhood Change, 1980-2010," Working Paper Series WP-2016-9, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
    3. Stephen Sheppard & Andrew Udell, 2016. "Do Airbnb Properties Affect House Prices?," Department of Economics Working Papers 2016-03, Department of Economics, Williams College.
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    1. Sofia F. Franco, Carlos Daniel Santos, Rafael Longo, 2019. "The impact of Airbnb on residential property values and rents: evidence from Portugal," FEUNL Working Paper Series wp630, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Economia.

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    Housing rents; short term rentals; airbnb;

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    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • R20 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - General
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets

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