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Does a Nearby Murder Affect Housing Prices and Rents? The Case of Sydney

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We measure the impact of murders on prices and rents of homes in Sydney. We find that housing prices fall by 3.9% for homes within 0.2 miles of the murder, in the year following the murder, and weaker results in the second year after a murder. We do not find any effects of murders on rents. Higher media coverage and being located closer to the murder (within 0.1 mile) have no additional effect on prices. Taken together, our findings suggest that proximity to a murder affects nearby property prices, particularly in the first year after the incident.

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  • Anastasia Klimova & Adrian D. Lee, 2014. "Does a Nearby Murder Affect Housing Prices and Rents? The Case of Sydney," Working Paper Series 181, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.
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    1. Levente Timar & Arthur Grimes & Richard Fabling, 2014. "That Sinking Feeling: The Changing Price of Disaster Risk Following an Earthquake," Working Papers 14_13, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.
    2. Georgia Perks & Shiko Maruyama, 2016. "The "Flock" Phenomenon of the Sydney Lockout Laws: Dual Effects on Rental Prices," Working Paper Series 38, Economics Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.

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    Keywords

    Crime; murder; homicide; house prices; rent; hedonic model;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • K32 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Energy, Environmental, Health, and Safety Law
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • R2 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis

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