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Space matters: the importance of amenity in planning metropolitan growth


Mahmoudi, P and Hatton MacDonald, D and Crossman, N and Summers, D, Space matters: the importance of amenity in planning metropolitan growth, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 57, (1) pp. 38-59. ISSN 1364-985X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8489.2012.00608.x


Most Australian capital cities require many 100,000s of additional dwellings to accommodate demographic change and population pressures in the next two or three decades. Urban growth will come in the form of infill, consolidation and urban expansion. Plans to redevelop environmental amenities such as parks and open green spaces are regularly being put forward to local councils and State governments. Maintaining parks and reserves represents one of the largest costs to local councils. To aid in the evaluation of some of the different propositions, we report the results of a spatial hedonic pricing model with fixed effects for Adelaide, South Australia. The results indicate that the private benefits of a close proximity to golf courses, green space sporting facilities, or the coast, are in the order $0.54, $1.58, and $4.99 per metre closer (when evaluated at the median respectively). The historic Adelaide Parklands add $1.55 to a property’s value for each additional metre closer. We demonstrate how the estimated model could be used to calculate how local private benefits capitalized in property values change with changes in the configuration of a park.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:hedonic pricing, water management and policy, spatial lag, fixed effects, open
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Environment and resource economics
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives)
UTAS Author:Hatton MacDonald, D (Professor Darla Hatton MacDonald)
ID Code:103161
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2015-09-23
Last Modified:2017-11-27

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