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The value of a healthy home: Lead paint remediation and housing values

Stephen B. Billings and Kevin Schnepel

Journal of Public Economics, 2017, vol. 153, issue C, 69-81

Abstract: The presence of lead paint significantly impairs cognitive and behavioral development, yet little is known about the value to households of avoiding this residence-specific environmental health risk. In this paper, we estimate the benefits of lead-paint remediation on housing prices. Using data on all homes that applied to a HUD-funded program in Charlotte, North Carolina, we adopt a difference-in-differences estimator that compares values among remediated properties with those for which an inspection does not identify a lead paint hazard. Results indicate large returns for public and private investment in remediation with each $1 spent on lead remediation generating $2.60 in benefits as well as a reduction in residential turnover.

Keywords: Lead paint exposure; Lead hazard remediation; Value of environmental health risk; Urban environmental health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q51 Q52 Q58 R21 R23 R31 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2017.07.006

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