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Green Premium Evidence from Climatic Areas: A Case in Southern Europe, Alicante (Spain)

Paloma Taltavull de La Paz (), V. Raul Perez-Sanchez (), Raul-Tomas Garcia and Juan-Carlos Perez-Sanchez ()
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V. Raul Perez-Sanchez: Building Sciences and Urbanism Department, University of Alicante, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain
Juan-Carlos Perez-Sanchez: Building Sciences and Urbanism Department, University of Alicante, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 3, 1-29

Abstract: The existence of a green premium in house (asking) prices in Alicante province, Spain, are analyzed using circa 9000 property observations. In developing the sample, information from energy efficiency certificates was matched with two other databases. The model tests for green premium by climatic zones using pool Ordinary Least Squares (pool-OLS) and Instrumental Variables (IV) hedonic models, adds new knowledge concerning the existence of green premiums from Southern Europe, explores differences in their estimation by climatic zone, debates the nature of the estimated green parameters, and explains the role of endogeneity in hedonic green premium models. The empirical evidence assesses the sensitivity of asking price to either energy consumption (KWh) or carbon dioxide emissions (CO 2 ) with an apparent premium of 3%, and captures an association with efficiency rating from G to F of 1.8% and from F to E of 1.1%. Significantly, the results relating to price responses show a distinct variation between the coast and the cooler climatic zone of the interior. The paper shows that energy efficiency incentive policies should discriminate by climatic areas, and provides a price reference by which to assess the amount of incentives needed to achieve European Union (EU) objectives.

Keywords: green premium; housing asking prices; energy certificates; climatic areas; endogeneity; hedonic models; energy efficiency policies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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