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Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 211–232 | Cite as

Beyond implicit prices: recovering theoretically consistent and transferable values for noise avoidance from a hedonic property price model

  • Brett Day
  • Ian Bateman
  • Iain Lake
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Abstract

Using a two-stage hedonic pricing methodology we estimate a system of structural demand equations for different sources of transport-related noise. In the first stage, we identify market segments using model-based clustering techniques and estimate separate hedonic price functions (HPFs) for each segment. In so doing, we show how a semiparametric spatial smoothing estimator outperforms other standard specifications of the HPF. In the second stage, we control for non-linearity of the budget constraint and identify demand relationships using techniques that account for problems of endogeneity and censoring of the dependent variable. Our estimated demand functions provide welfare estimates for peace and quiet that we believe to be the first derived from property market data in a theoretically consistent manner.

Keywords

Noise Non-market valuation Hedonic pricing Model-based clustering Partial linear model Spatial smoothing Demand system Simultaneous-equation Tobit 

JEL Classifications

Q51 C14 C21 C24 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment, School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK
  2. 2.Centre for Environmental Risk, School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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