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Game of Zones: The Political Economy of Conservation Areas

Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Kristoffer Möller, Sevrin Waights () and Nicolai Wendland ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Kristoffer Moeller

No 4755, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: Provided there are positive external benefits attached to the historic character of buildings, owners of properties in designated conservation areas benefit from a reduction in uncertainty regarding the future of their area. At the same time, the restrictions put in place to ensure the preservation of the historic character limit the degree to which properties can be altered and thus impose a cost to their owners. We test a simple theory of the designation process in which we postulate that the level of designation is chosen to comply with interests of local homeowners. The implication of the model is that a) an increase in preferences for historic character should increase the likelihood of a designation, and b) new designations at the margin should not be associated with significant house price capitalization effects. Our empirical results are in line with these predictions.

Keywords: designation; difference-in-difference; RDD-DD; England; gentrification; heritage; property value (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H23 H31 R40 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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