The Dynamic Response of Housing Values to a Forest Invasive Disease

Evidence from a Sudden Oak Death Infestation

Kent Kovacs, Thomas P. Holmes, Jeffrey Englin, Janice Alexander

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Abstract

"Sudden Oak Death" (Phytophthora ramorum) is a non-indigenous forest pathogen which causes substantial mortality of coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) and several other oak tree species on the Pacific Coast of the United States. We estimated the time path of residential property values subject to oak mortality using a dataset that spans more than two decades-including a decade of transactions before-and-after the invasion. The findings suggest moderate, persistent property value discounts (3-6%) for homes located near infested oak woodlands subject to continuous post-invasion declines in forest health. The most severe discounts (8-15%) occurred where dying oaks were distributed both within residential neighborhoods and in nearby woodlands. Various hedonic modeling specifications were tested and compared to assess their ability to control for bias associated with unobserved spatial effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-471
Number of pages27
JournalEnvironmental and Resource Economics
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Difference-in-differences
  • Invasive diseases
  • Spatial hedonic
  • Sudden oak death

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  • Aerospace Engineering

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The Dynamic Response of Housing Values to a Forest Invasive Disease : Evidence from a Sudden Oak Death Infestation. / Kovacs, Kent; Holmes, Thomas P.; Englin, Jeffrey; Alexander, Janice.

In: Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 49, No. 3, 07.2011, p. 445-471.

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