Game of Zones: The Political Economy of Conservation Areas
100 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2016
Date Written: March 2016
We develop and test a simple theory of the conservation area designation process in which we postulate that the level of designation is chosen to comply with interests of local homeowners. Conservation areas provide benefits to local homeowners by reducing uncertainty regarding the future of their area. At the same time, the restrictions impose a cost by limiting the degree to which properties can be altered. In line with our model predictions we find that an increase in preferences for historic character by the local population increases the likelihood of a designation, and that new designations at the margin are not associated with significant house price capitalisation effects.
Keywords: Designation, Difference-in-Differences, England, Gentrification, Heritage, Property Value
JEL Classification: H23, H31, R40, R58
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