Spatial Hedonic Models of Airport Noise, Proximity, and Housing Prices

20 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2008

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Jeffrey Cohen

University of Connecticut - School of Business

Cletus C. Coughlin

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Research Division

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Date Written: 2007-12

Abstract

Despite the refrain that housing prices are determined by location, location, and location, few studies of airport noise and housing prices have incorporated spatial econometric techniques. We compare various spatial econometric models and estimation methods in a hedonic price framework to examine the impact of noise on 2003 housing prices near the Atlanta airport. Spatial effects are best captured by a model including both spatial autocorrelation and autoregressive parameters estimated by a generalized moments approach. In our preferred model, houses located in an area in which noise disrupts normal activities (defined by a daynight sound level of 7075 decibels) sell for 20.8 percent less than houses located where noise does not disrupt normal activities (defined by a daynight sound level below 65 decibels). The inclusion of spatial effects magnifies the negative price impacts of airport noise. Finally, after controlling for noise, houses farther from the airport sell for less; the price elasticity with respect to distance is 0.15, implying that airport proximity is an amenity.

Suggested Citation

Cohen, Jeffrey and Coughlin, Cletus C., Spatial Hedonic Models of Airport Noise, Proximity, and Housing Prices (2007-12). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 48, Issue 5, pp. 859-878, December 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1292008 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2008.00569.x

Jeffrey Cohen (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut - School of Business ( email )

368 Fairfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269-2041
United States

Cletus C. Coughlin

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Research Division ( email )

411 Locust St
Saint Louis, MO 63011
United States

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