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Planning for green infrastructure: The spatial effects of parks, forests, and fields on Helsinki's apartment prices

Athanasios Votsis

Ecological Economics, 2017, vol. 132, issue C, 279-289

Abstract: As the importance of urban green spaces is increasingly recognised, so does the need for their systematic placement in a broader array of socioeconomic objectives. From an urban planning and economics perspective, this represents a spatial task: if more land is allocated to various types of green, how do the economic effects propagate throughout urban space? This paper focuses on the spatial marginal effects of forests, parks, and fields and estimates spatial hedonic models on a sample of apartment transactions in Helsinki, Finland. The results indicate that the capitalization of urban green in apartment prices depends on the type of green, but also interacts with distance to the city centre. Additionally, the effects contain variable pure and spatial spillover impacts, also conditional on type and location, the separation of which highlights aspects not commonly accounted for. The planning of green infrastructure will therefore benefit from parameterizing interventions according to location, green type, and character of spatial impacts.

Keywords: Green infrastructure; Land use options; Spatial effects; Housing prices (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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