The Benefits of Visibility Improvement: New Evidence from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Posted: 9 Apr 2002
This paper examines the impact of a specific aspect of air quality - visibility, or the ability to clearly see distant objects - on housing values. Our analysis if based on a data set constructed by matching residential housing sales data from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area for the period 1980 through 1995 with visibility and other air pollution data and other characteristics. We find that visibility differences are capitalized into housing values, producing a measurable hedonic price gradient. The time series design facilitates an estimate of the demand for visibility that we use to calculate the benefits of changes in visual range.
Keywords: visibility, hedonic prices, environmental valuation
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