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A green winner's curse? Investor behavior in the market for eco-certified office buildings

Franz Fuerst, Tommaso Gabrieli () and Patrick McAllister

Economic Modelling, 2017, vol. 61, issue C, 137-146

Abstract: This paper contributes to the growing literature on the economics of green buildings: by merging auction theory and hedonic regression analysis we investigate the relationship between market concentration and price premiums in the American market for eco-certified real estate assets. Auction theory is used to model price formation where eco-investors may differ in their valuation of assets. Controlling for a large number of features, the empirical results provide evidence of a significant and positive relationship between investors’ eco-certified market share and prices of eco-certified space. Contributing to the recent debate over the nature of the green premium, we find that eco-investors are creating clientele effects and that they may be subject to a green winner's curse.

Keywords: Green Building; Eco-certification premium; Real Estate auctions; Winner's curse (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2016.11.007

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