University of Illinois
Department of Economics
Institutional Affiliation: University of Illinois
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2018||Unlocking Amenities: Estimating Public-Good Complementarity|
with David Albouy, Peter Christensen: w25107
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.