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Fading premiums: The effect of light rail on residential property values in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Clemens A. Pilgram and Sarah E. West

Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2018, vol. 69, issue C, 1-10

Abstract: This study uses property-level repeat sales transaction data to test for the presence of a premium for single-family homes within half a mile of stations on the METRO Blue Line in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Using a difference-in-differences approach, we find that the premium for station proximity varies substantially depending on control group and period definitions for “after” light rail. Using homes in the rest of Minneapolis as controls yields growing positive premiums from proximity to light rail stations, while using homes in neighborhoods similar to those near stations yield smaller premiums that fade to zero over time.

Keywords: Light rail; Public transit; Property values; Repeat sales; Difference-in-differences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R21 R40 R42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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