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The Impact of Emerging Climate Risks on Urban Real Estate Price Dynamics

Devin Bunten, Matthew E. Kahn

NBER Working Paper No. 20018
Issued in March 2014
NBER Program(s):AP, EEE, PE

In the typical asset market, an asset featuring uninsurable idiosyncratic risk must offer a higher rate of return to compensate risk-averse investors. A home offers a standard asset's risk and return opportunities, but it also bundles access to its city's amenities|and to its climate risks. As climate change research reveals the true nature of these risks, how does the equilibrium real estate pricing gradient change when households can sort into different cities? When the population is homogeneous, the real estate pricing gradient instantly reflects the "new news". With population heterogeneity, an event study research design will underestimate the valuation of climate risk for households in low-risk cities while overestimating the valuation of households in high-risk areas.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w20018

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