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Property values, water quality, and benefit transfer: A nationwide meta-analysis

Dennis Guignet, Matthew Heberling, Michael Papenfus, Olivia Griot and Ben Holland

No 20-04, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University

Abstract: We conduct a comprehensive meta-analysis of 36 studies that examine the effects of water quality on housing values in the United States. The meta-dataset includes 656 unique estimates, and entails a cluster structure that accounts for property price effects at different distances from a waterbody. Focusing on water clarity, we estimate meta-regressions that account for within-cluster dependence, statistical precision, housing market and waterbody heterogeneity, publication bias, and best methodological practices. While we find evidence of systematic heterogeneity, the median out-of-sample transfer errors are relatively large. We discuss the implications for benefit transfer and identify future work to improve transfer performance. Key Words:

Date: 2020
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