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Do Stormwater Basins Generate co-Benefits? Evidence from Baltimore County, Maryland

Nicholas B. Irwin, Henry Klaiber and Elena G. Irwin

Ecological Economics, 2017, vol. 141, issue C, 202-212

Abstract: An often-cited advantage of green infrastructure projects is the potential for “co-benefits” generated from its natural features, which depend on the generation of positive house price capitalization. Using housing transactions data and exploiting variation in placement and design, we examine the capitalization of stormwater retention basins, a common green infrastructure project in suburban housing developments. Results show adjacency causes decreases in housing prices between 13 and 14% for the average home. Additionally this negative effect exacerbates with basin age. Rather than providing co-benefits, we find that stormwater basins generate a cost for proximate households.

Keywords: Stormwater basins; Capitalization; Hedonics; Green infrastructure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q51 Q57 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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