Measuring the Property-Value Effects of Local Land Use and Preservation Referenda
Land Economics, Forthcoming
55 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2008 Last revised: 14 Jan 2009
Date Written: November 10, 2008
This paper examines a Massachusetts policy which encourages communities to raise money through referenda for preservation and affordable housing. I use difference-in-differences, fixed-effects, and quantile regression to compare home prices before and after such referenda in two towns. I include covariates representing existing land uses, zoning, and historic resources to estimate the value of these amenities. Standard regression techniques indicate weak effects of the referenda, while the estimated coefficients on land-use and historic preservation confirm that preservation has a positive effect on property values. The quantile regression sheds light on some heterogeneity which goes unnoticed in standard regression results.
Keywords: Land Use, Open Space, Preservation, Voter Referenda
JEL Classification: Q0, R0, R3
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