U.S. Housing Prices and the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: To Update, or Not to Update, that is the Question
ICER Working Paper No. 4/2013
31 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2013
Date Written: April 23, 2013
Did the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima in March 2011 cause individuals to reappraise the risks they attach to nuclear power plants? We investigate the change in housing prices in the U.S. after the Fukushima event to test the hypothesis that house prices in the proximity of power plants fell due to an updated nuclear risk perception. Using a difference-in-differences approach we do not find evidence in support of the hypothesis that individuals reappraise the risks associated with nuclear power plants. House prices close to nuclear reactor sites did not fall relative to house prices at other locations in the U.S.
Keywords: Fukushima, nuclear accident, hedonic prices, housing, updating
JEL Classification: D80, Q51, R31
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