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Unlocking Amenities: Estimating Public-Good Complementarity

David Albouy (), Peter Christensen and Ignacio Sarmiento-Barbieri

No 25107, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Public goods may exhibit complementarities that are essential for determining their individual value. Our results indicate that improving safety near parks can turn them from public bads to goods. Ignoring complementarities may lead to i) undervaluing the potential value of public goods; ii) overestimating heterogeneity in preferences; and iii) understating the value of public goods to minority households. Recent reductions in crime have “unlocked” $5 billion in property value in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. Still over half of the potential value of park proximity, over $10 billion, remains locked in.

JEL-codes: H41 Q51 Q56 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-09
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Published as David Albouy & Peter Christensen & Ignacio Sarmiento-Barbieri, 2020. "Unlocking amenities: Estimating public good complementarity," Journal of Public Economics, vol 182.

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