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Landscape amenities and local development: a review of migration, regional economic and hedonic pricing studies


Waltert, Fabian; Schläpfer, Felix (2010). Landscape amenities and local development: a review of migration, regional economic and hedonic pricing studies. Ecological Economics, 70(2):141-152.

Abstract

With rapid urban expansion and loss of open space, attractive local landscapes will continue to gain
importance in location decisions and on political agendas. The present study reviews the evidence on the local economic role of landscape amenities from two major strands of empirical research, migration and regional economic models, and hedonic pricing models. Following common amenity definitions we identify 71 relevant peer-reviewed studies and systematically assess the reported effects of the landscape amenity variables. The migration and regional economic studies suggest that migrants are attracted by amenities nearly as often as by low taxes. Reported effects of amenities on income and employment are less consistent.
The hedonic studies suggest that nature reserves and land cover diversity have mostly, open space and forest often, and agricultural land rarely positive effects on housing prices. Studies at larger geographic scales and studies involving urban areas were more likely to identify significant amenity effects. Some limitations of the
evidence may be overcome with better datasets and modeling approaches. However, in line with other recent work, the limitations also highlight the need for complementary information from the analysis of political preferences for land-use management.

With rapid urban expansion and loss of open space, attractive local landscapes will continue to gain
importance in location decisions and on political agendas. The present study reviews the evidence on the local economic role of landscape amenities from two major strands of empirical research, migration and regional economic models, and hedonic pricing models. Following common amenity definitions we identify 71 relevant peer-reviewed studies and systematically assess the reported effects of the landscape amenity variables. The migration and regional economic studies suggest that migrants are attracted by amenities nearly as often as by low taxes. Reported effects of amenities on income and employment are less consistent.
The hedonic studies suggest that nature reserves and land cover diversity have mostly, open space and forest often, and agricultural land rarely positive effects on housing prices. Studies at larger geographic scales and studies involving urban areas were more likely to identify significant amenity effects. Some limitations of the
evidence may be overcome with better datasets and modeling approaches. However, in line with other recent work, the limitations also highlight the need for complementary information from the analysis of political preferences for land-use management.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Landscape amenities, Migration, Local development, Hedonic pricing, Environmental valuation, Regional economic modeling
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:18 Jan 2011 11:54
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:25
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0921-8009
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.09.031
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-38668

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