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Distinctively different: a new approach to valuing architectural amenities

Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M. and Holman, Nancy (2016) Distinctively different: a new approach to valuing architectural amenities. The Economic Journal . ISSN 0013-0133 (In Press)

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We propose a method to estimate the capitalised value of the architectural design quality of an area. Our economic design premium is identified by spatially differentiating property prices and design quality within neighbourhoods and comparing the differences across neighbourhoods. We apply our method to 48 conservation area neighbourhoods in England in which we analyse around 7900 property transactions and interview more than 500 residents. We find a capitalisation effect of about 6.6% (£16k) associated with a one standard deviation increase in our index of distinctive design. Our results suggest that this effect is at least partially driven by architectural externalities.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Royal Economic Society.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
K Law > KD England and Wales
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: D - Microeconomics > D2 - Production and Organizations > D23 - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis > R52 - Land Use and Other Regulations
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Project and Funder Information:
Project IDFunder NameFunder ID
UNSPECIFIEDSuntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines UNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 09:31

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