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The Effect of the Theo van Gogh Murder on House Prices in Amsterdam

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  • Pieter A. Gautier
  • Arjen Siegmann
  • Aico van Vuuren

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

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This paper estimates the impact of the murder of film maker Theo vanGogh on November 2, 2004, on listed house prices in Amsterdam with aunique dataset. We use an hedonic-market approach to show that gen-eral attitudes towards Muslim minorities were negatively affected by themurder. Specifically, we test for an effect on listed house prices in neigh-borhoods where more than 25% of the people belong to an ethnic minor-ity from a Muslim country (type I). Relative to the other neighborhoods,house prices in type I neighborhoods decreased in 10 months by about av-erage 3%, with a widening gap over time. The results are robust to severaladjustments including changes in the control group. There is no signifi-cant difference in the time it takes for houses to be sold in type I versusother neighborhoods. Finally, people belonging to the Muslim minoritywere more likely to buy and less likely to sell a house in a type I neighbor-hood after the murder than before. See the publication in Journal of Urban Economics , 2009, 65(2), 113-26.

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  • Pieter A. Gautier & Arjen Siegmann & Aico van Vuuren, 2007. "The Effect of the Theo van Gogh Murder on House Prices in Amsterdam," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 07-013/3, Tinbergen Institute.
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    Keywords

    Differences-in-differences; Terror; housing market;
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    JEL classification:

    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • 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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