8 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2012
Date Written: April 2012
Using a unique data set of residential housing values, we improve on previous hedonic pricing and event studies literature to estimate the amenity effects of a new religious structure on local property values. We improve on previous research by extending our analysis with a pre‐ and post‐treatment model. Using a pre‐ and post‐treatment model, we do not find that the religious structure that we examined influenced the value of surrounding properties in the period after its completion. The results suggest that previous research using only post‐completion data may mischaracterize the amenity effects of religious structures.
JEL Classification: R3
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Thompson, Eric C. and Butters, Roger and Schmitz, Benjamin T., The Property Value Premium of a Place of Worship (April 2012). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 30, Issue 2, pp. 215-222, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042331 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2011.00255.x
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